There was a song years ago, “It’s A Big, Wide, Wonderful World.” Today I don’t think so. There are some wonderful people to enjoy, some wonderful places to see, some wonderful goals to strive for.
It was created wonderful by Jesus, but sin entered in the Garden of Eden, and it became a terribly blighted world.
If you don’t believe me, visit a hospital, drive by a cemetery. Speak to a woman whose husband has abandoned her. Explain why an elderly loved one is losing his memory. Talk to a heart broken couple by a wayward child. Tell me why millions are cold, hungry, unclothed and homeless. Erase from history books the marching armies who have killed billions. Justify wicked leaders, and so called natural calamities like hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, tsunamis and epidemics.
When the word of God tells us of John 3:16, God did not love the world (humanity) because we were lovable. He loved us by his grace so by faith — why we were lost, helpless, and unlovable — we could still be redeemed.
Since the fall of Adam and Eve, the term worldliness is a system headed by Satan. When it leaves God out of things we do.
To illustrate: There is nothing wrong with going to college, finding a mate, searching for a church to worship, grow and serve, finding a job, buying a car or a new home, but if you choose to do these things without seeking God’s direction in the choice, it is worldliness.
Every person born since Adam and Eve, has been born into a battlefield. On one side is God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. With them is perfect eternal life, joy and peace. The other side is Satan, the Antichrist and the false prophet. With them is darkness, unending death, sadness and hell.
“Whosoever will may come,” for God’s gift of salvation. The eternal destiny of souls is on the line. In 2013 the conflict will get worse, because Satan knows his time is running out.
Let us be used by God to lead the lost to Christ and encourage the saved to defend the Gospel.