When I was a young boy, one of the most traumatic events I experienced was watching my brother get a boil on his leg lanced. The thing had festered and enlarged itself until it was becoming a danger to his health, I believe. The vivid image of him being held by adults and having that mass popped and all the terror and screaming that involved is hard to forget.
The world, too, has an unhealthy, festering, growing mass that is threatening its very survival. It’s evil. The evil in this world is reaching an unimaginable depth and breadth of depravity. People are becoming “more clever devils”, to borrow a C.S. Lewis phrase, finding more ways to justify their evil and even going so far as refusing to admit evil actually exists. And to add insult to injury, some still believe in the myth of progress; that we humans are getting better. (This comes after the horrors of the twentieth century.)
Is the sin of the world reaching critical mass? Is there judgment just on the horizon?
I have no sure word or special insight. I’m just torn up by the ceaseless cesspool of wickedness that surrounds us. A recent event at an elementary school here had me so upset that I don’t even have the energy to be sarcastic. If judgment does come in the coming months (September) and years, it will be, like my brother’s boil experience, accompanied with a lot of pain, sorrow, weeping, and gnashing of teeth.
Nevertheless, the good news is still good. It’s those who continually do evil that are to fear. Which brings me to another point. Often, the Last Days are compared with the time period that Noah lived. The thing to remember is that it was the evil, not the good, that were expunged from the Earth.
So let’s watch, participate in doing going and not grow tired, and also pray.