“What a mess!” What else can we say as we look at the world today. And it’s nothing new. And non-Christians blame Christianity for not cleaning it up! But the gospel can only clean up sin in the lives of those who yield to it. Think on these things. God bless you.
Because of Calvary,
Matthew 24:6-8 (ESV)
6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8 All these are but the beginning of the birth pains.
“I’ll tell you what war is about. You’ve got to kill people, and when you’ve killed enough they stop fighting.” [General Curtis E. LeMay, US Air Force Chief of Staff New Yorker 19 Jun 95 in Simpson’s Contemporary Quotations: The Most Notable Quotes Since 1950 edited by James B. Simpson, (New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1997), #2469]
“I don’t consider myself dovish and I certainly don’t consider myself hawkish. Maybe I would describe myself as owlish — that is wise enough to understand that you want to do everything possible to avoid war.” [General H. Norman Schwarzkopf III, Commander, Allied Forces, Persian Gulf, NY Times 28 Jan 91 in Simpson’s Contemporary Quotations, #2569]
“To save your world, you asked this man to die: Would this man, could he see you now, ask why?” [W. H. Auden, poet, epitaph for the Unknown Soldier October 1953 collected Poems Edward Mendelson ed Vintage 92 in Simpson’s Contemporary Quotations, #2639]
“Without question, the 20th century has been a century of the greatest advancement man has known. The sad part is that we still are no further along than when we came out of the caves and bashed each other on the head to settle an argument. Whether it’s between two people on a Manhattan street or nations going to war, we still kill each other.” [Walter Cronkite, “And that’s the way it was,” Modern Maturity, (September-October 1998), p. 77, 92]
“The history of arms control is a history of great visions eventually mugged by reality.” [Kenneth Adelman, Director, US Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, Newsweek 1 Dec 86 in Simpson’s Contemporary Quotations, #2312]
“If we do not abolish war on this earth, than surely one day, war will abolish us from the earth.” [Ralph Keyes, The Wit & Wisdom of Harry Truman, (New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1995), p. 69]
“And, as Dr. John Kelman once brilliantly put it, we shall bring the world to the place where there are not even hovels, there are only graves.” [The Speaker’s Bible VI edited by James Hastings and Edward Hastings, (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, n.d.), p. 29]
“…There are many today who say that Christianity is failing… The foolish people who say — ‘But look at the wars, look at the international situation! Your Christianity has been going for two thousand years and yet look at the state of the world…’ But Christianity never said that it was in the world to banish war… It makes Christians, and until you get Christians, you will never get Christian living…” [David Martyn Lloyd-Jones, I Am Not Ashamed: Advice to Timothy edited by Christopher Catherwood, (Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1986), p. 25]