♣ Camouflage of an Evil Generation
“When the crowds were increasing, he began to say, ‘This generation is an evil generation. It seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah. For as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here. The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here”’ – Luke 11:29-32.
IN MANY CHRISTIAN circles, people’s reactions, not beliefs (a very different aspect to just assenting to doctrine with our minds), to the atrocities taking place in today’s world is a far cry from God’s perspective. The general view of evil hardly begins to scratch the surface of the depths that lie beneath. Do we really believe that the greatest evil residing in the hearts of Jesus’ days on earth were the Chief Priests, Scribes, Pharisees and followers alike – the so-called religious leaders and converts? Such were the kind who refused to believe that Jesus was the Christ. Professing their belief and inheritance in God, their actions proved otherwise; proud that they possessed the oracles of God, they were blind to God incarnate.
All the horror and depravity we are witnessing in our generation is the manifestation of a greater evil hidden beneath, which is the refusal to believe in Jesus Christ; to prefer darkness and captivity instead of light and freedom in Christ Jesus. Oswald Chambers said, “For a thing to be satanic does not mean that it is abominable and immoral; the satanically-man-aged-man is absolutely self-governed and has no need of God.” How we tend to forget that the very essence of sin is the preference of life without God, no matter how upright and benevolent any one of us may be.
Why are so many people bereft because of the current state of our civilized world, while all along the real evil taking place was when the Ten Commandments, prayer and the Bible was removed from public institutions? It didn’t appear diabolical back then, despite the remonstrance among protestant and evangelical believers, but there it was and as long as the warmth of morality pervaded, everything just seemed fine and tolerable. Any nation or any government that throws God out of the equation has already committed spiritual and moral suicide. From there on it is a noticeable downward spiral to expressing the corruption already within and it should come as no surprise that the righteous are punished and the wicked rewarded; darkness labelled light and light scorned as darkness.
Some countries that have encountered numerous genuine outpourings of God’s Spirit have now become hardened to the gospel of Jesus Christ. People, particularly of succeeding generations, may be religious (traditionalism), faithfully attending church services and activities but blind to their need of salvation, thus, their standing in good morality has become their curse which brings to mind, “If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” (Matthew 6:23). Lamentable to say, that such countries come under the category of an “evil generation.”
What is worse: a nation, a people governed by self-righteousness, where there is a form of order and security, or is it a chaotic and immoral society that professes no righteousness of its own? How we view sin will determine our answer.
Generally speaking, a widespread Biblical perspective on sin has been lost and it is my firm belief that if another authentic awakening and revival were to take place, this will be one of the aspects restored – that men and women will be burdened, not with discouragement of a broken society that ruins a happy life, but with sin that separates humanity from God. Without holiness there shall be no happiness and without a power-filled godliness, through the redemption of Christ, there shall be no stability.
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