Not the way it should be



I’m troubled. Often. Things are not the way they are supposed to be. And that’s making it hard for me to enjoy life.

The murderous advances of ISIS and other terrorist groups are not the way the world should be. Few would argue about that. Nor are the undeserved suffering of innocents and the premature death of children and teens. But I grieve over much more than all of that. I’m troubled about young people getting wasted and engaging in casual sex, unscrupulous televangelists and faith healers taking advantage of the desperate and gullible, many others in the marketplace similarly motivated by greed, power, and lust similarly swindling the unsuspecting consumer. I’m deeply disturbed by the ubiquity of pornography, the assaults on freedom of speech and religion, the unbelievable attempts to redefine sexuality and gender, and the increasing rarity of what was previously common sense.

And don’t even get me started about the trash on TV.

Somber, sullen, and sad. That’s often my mood because of all that is wrong in the world. But how do I know these activities, occurrences and behaviors are wrong? Do I have good evidence that they are not how they should be? I believe I do. Yet that which darkens my disposition may lighten others’ because to them some of these things are oh so right.

Oh so right? Oh so wrong. Oh so depressed.

Oh so I don’t even know where I’m going with this post. Except to say that I would love to know if anyone resonates with my disturbance, and how you deal with it. I know God is sovereign and will accomplish his ultimate plan. I acknowledge that as “salt and light” we can have an impact on our world, albeit local and limited. The end of all that is wrong will come and Christ will reign over a worldwide kingdom of only good. But in the meantime…

In the meantime, in the interim fallen world we struggle and suffer through, all that perverts, distorts, or defies the good purpose and design of our Maker weighs heavily on every sensitive soul who recognizes that purpose and design. We, and everything in the universe, were created for good, and for glory. But our world is becoming increasingly saturated with evil and debasement.

Debasement. Where it’s dark, disheveled, and dirty. But we were made for the penthouse, where it’s clean, beautiful, and bright. That’s where I wanna’ live. That’s where I want everyone to live.

<Heavy sigh> Things are not the way they are supposed to be.