Is the World getting Better?

The answer to this all-important question speaks very much to one’s worldview and eschatological bent.  What am I really drive at here?

Permit a little context.  Over a late lunch last Sunday, a colleague and I and our wives were discussion the question of this post, Is the World getting Better? (for some reason, we didn’t all agree.)

Here’s what I’m getting at.  For one thing–the speed of both information delivery and travel has made the world something of a global village, according to the experts.  I quite agree (after all, I’m an earthling).  Consider how quickly we’re informed about events and people from the other corner of the globe.

And with this barrage of information, we’ve lost that ability to blush.  We’re getting use to the shame. Horror.  Violence. Chaos.  Corruption.  Though we desperately long for a better world.

But things were much worst (though this might be hard to believe, at first glance).

For another–the life, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, Israel’s Messiah and the world’s true Lord, have radically altered the way we should view this world of ours.  Things are neither linear, nor random, as some would have us believe.  Rather, to echo one of Israel’s ancient prophets, rivers are already flowing from barren heights,  springs within valleys, and pools of water in the deserts (Isaiah 41:18-19).

But someone will surely say, “There are still pain and suffering in the world.  Violence.  Injustice.  Wars.  Tsunamis. Earthquates.  Hurricanes.  Tornadoes.  How can you say that the world is getting better?”

Along with countless Jesus followers, I can still say, amidst the violence, justice, chaos, wars, that the world has gotten better and will one day be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea (Habakkuk 2:14).

Now imagine a world WITHOUT the Christian faith.

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4 Responses to Is the World getting Better?

  1. Jon Hughes says:

    Yes, the world is getting better. My wife would have died in childbirth at any previous time in history. So I’m glad I wasn’t around in the ‘good old days’. I also believe that society is on the whole kinder today than a generation ago. Tolerance is not always a bad thing.

    Let’s suppose we were to regard the Victorian period as more ‘Christian’ than today… would anyone actually want to go back to that, even believers? It’s disingenuous to lament the past, while not appreciating the benefits of God’s common grace in the present.

    (Yes, this is purely subjective and written from the perspective of someone who lives very comfortably in the West – but we all have a story to tell.)

  2. I am a post millennialist so my answer is yes!

  3. TC Robinson says:

    Jon,

    Thanks for this moving input. It does lend credence to the subject matter.

    Roy,

    At least one thing right about post-millennialism. 😉

  4. Pingback: The Beginning of Lent and the Beheading of 21 Coptic Christians | New Leaven

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