It is an understatement to say that we are living in strange times.
Most will agree with such a description. But many will differ in what they consider strange.
Christians will view all that is happening from a spiritual standpoint, and/or an eschatological one.
Others perhaps will consider it strange for a number of reasons such as: job losses, economic catastrophe, domestic abuse, separation from loved ones, absent schooling for children, holidays frozen, limited travel, restricted eating out, unopened venues and so on…
Some might wonder at the many uproars and upheavals across the planet culminating in bombings, killings, riots, violence, never mind Covid-19.
Others find it unbelievably strange when integrity seems to be a thing of the past, exemplified by fake news where the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth is hard to find. In some cases impossible.(?)
Strange times indeed.
Same-sex marriage, increased abortion, acceptance of sex between members of the same sex, increase in sex-change operations – could all be added to many peoples list – Christian and non-Christian.
There’s an old song that has the lines: ‘What’s it all about – Alfie?’
Indeed – so we might ask, whether we ask Alfie or not.
From a non-spiritual point of view – what is going on?
Do the non-religious want us to conclude that it is just the species evolving?
For those who don’t accept that there is such a thing as SIN – we ask “How else would you describe it”. ‘It’ being the bitterness, hatred, the retrograde morality, – the list is proverbially endless.
Perhaps some would look on all this ‘strangeness’ and with a shrug of the shoulders, assure us that mankind is basically good, and that this pandemic has produced more of a ‘community spirit’.
None of us however has any idea of the depths of depravity that is taking place on the planet. Some on the front line, are more aware than the rest of us – e.g.: the modern slavery pandemic, less referred to than for example, the racism against black people.
Regardless of what aspect of the ‘strangeness’ we highlight, in a nutshell – evil is increasing, and we don’t know the half of it.
But many carry on without considering Christ’s answers.
And if there is such a thing as sin (self-evident in my view) – then there needs to be a solution. And just wanting one isn’t enough – that doesn’t begin to cut it.
But the strange thing is that many of the formerly held views of normality that rejected things which are now being accepted, are being cast aside and labelled as intolerant views.
Our theme is the ‘strange things’ happening on the earth – the strangeness of which is further underlined or added to, by the held view that some see it as mankind advancing in mental prowess.
In other words, the existence of the view that man is advancing, makes things even stranger.
Bob Dylan’s lyric goes like this –
People are crazy and times are strange
I’m locked in tight, I’m out of range
Many of us are locked in tight at the moment, and out of range of the strangeness coming upon the earth.
A lot of the strangeness boils down to the idea that it is impossible for mankind to REGRESS. The foolish idea that everything different is automatically progress.
And that anything new must automatically be right because it is new, not because it is right.
Something is needed that works against sin.
And now I cannot escape the spiritual solution:
In the words of the apostle Peter in Acts chapter 2:
40 And with many other words he testified and exhorted them, saying, “Be saved from this perverse generation.” 41 Then those who gladly received his word were baptised; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them.
It is more difficult to find things in a blinding storm.
Yet the need to be rescued increases as the storm increases.
A haven is sought. Where peace can be found.
The strange madness is both subtle and obvious. The solution for each individual is both obvious and hidden.
Prayer is the door – into the ark that we can’t see for the storm. In that sense it is hidden.
Jesus said “I am the door…”
In the midst of this strange storm encompassing the earth – look for the door that leads to eternal life. Life in this world and life in the next.
The door is obvious. But many can’t see it for the storm. Christ is the door:
I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.
What He said, has been with us for a long time, as recorded, and must be returned to, if we are to find sanity in the midst of this madness.
For those who have not yet prayed the prayer that leads to Christ, and for those who have, the following is a reminder or an offer:
II Timothy 1/
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
A sound mind individually – leads to a sound mind corporately or communally.
Only the mind of The Son of God found in all the words He has given, can begin to address the strangeness of minds gone astray.
Christ is the answer to the need of mankind. Study His mind by studying His words, and actions to find out how things should be/could be.