Why is the World in Such Chaos?
Why? Why is the world in such chaos? Why is the Church divided in its response to the current crises the world faces, whether it be plagues, pestilence, war, famine or injustice?
This is the question of the day all thinking people and especially Christians need answered. The answer for the ungodly is easy. The answer for the Church is not so easy.
The UnGodly and the Church Answer
The quick answer for the ungodly is easy. The world is in chaos because they have denied God and been turned over to a reprobate mind. That mind calls good evil and evil good. It is filled with envy and strife and seeks only to elevate itself above God and others (Romans 1:28, Isaiah 5:20, James 3:16, 2 Corinthians 10:5).
The answer for the Church is not so easy. Many (most) are well intended and sincerely want the truth and righteousness to reign. The problem is speaking before listening, answering before learning. Sometimes we are like kids in school. We want to be the one to give the answer, so we shout the answer to a question we think is being asked instead of waiting to hear the question. So we give the wrong answer.
Another problem is where we get our answer. Are we sitting in the counsel of the ungodly, standing in the path of sinners (Psalm 1:1-2)? Are we so anxious to be seen as the good guys, we speak out our own ideas instead of God’s wisdom? Even worse, do we use God’s word to justify our position as His position?
A Spiritual Battle
Here is what I want to encourage each of us with today.
First, recognize this is a spiritual battle on all fronts and our weapons are not carnal but spiritual. These spiritual weapons have the power to pull down these strongholds in our society and in our own lives (2 Corinthians 10:4).
Second, listen not to the counsel of the ungodly, but to God. We need to discern who we listen to in the Church. Many well intended but not Spirit-directed leaders are speaking out of their own understanding. We need to listen to those who speak with God’s wisdom. We need to take responsibility to seek God’s voice. We each are responsible before God to discern His words, His voice, and to know when a leader gets sidetracked by heartfelt but carnal ideals.
Third, remember that a quick study of Scripture shows that God allows many injustices in the world to linger as a result of man’s rebellion, but He will never allow injustice to go unaccounted for. We must be patient with and obedient to God’s timing. He is in control.
Fourth, listen before speaking and learn before answering. Just because the whole world is screaming and demanding an answer does not mean we need to speak. Jesus remained silent before his accusers and his judge (Matthew 26:63). The Bible teaches us to be quick to listen and slow to speak (James 1:9).
Ask for Wisdom
Lastly, we must ask for wisdom and believe He will give it. The world’s crisis does not require our immediate response. It requires our immediate conversation with our Father to determine His heart and His will at the moment. Our inaction and our silence doesn’t affirm or deny a certain message. It says we are doing what is most important: listening and waiting on our Father to direct us. That inaction or silence may not be socially acceptable. But it is biblical.
As Christians, you are safe in the shelter of God. You should not be afraid. You are free to wait, listen and respond as Spirit-led believers.
I leave you with the words of a song that came to mind today. We’re sheltered in God’s arms. This is still true no matter how crazy or demonic the world becomes. Dottie Rambo penned:
I feel the touch of hands so kind and tender
They’re leading me in paths that I must trod
I’ll have no fear for Jesus walks beside me
For I’m sheltered in the arms of God
So let the storms rage high
The dark clouds rise
They don’t worry me
For I’m sheltered safe within the arms of God
He walks with me
And naught of earth shall harm me
For I’m sheltered in the arms of God.
John Yeatts is the Campus Pastor of LIFE Outreach International and the National Coordinator of Churches for LIFE. He has served in full time ministry for 30 years, 15 of those years in the role of a pastor to the local church. He is a husband of 26 years and father of three children. John and his family recently planted Texoma Bible Fellowship in Whitesboro, Texas.