The world is officially falling apart. A catastrophic earthquake in Nepal has left over 5,000 dead and untold more without food, water, or a proper bed. The city of Baltimore is being shattered by race riots. The Supreme Court is in the process of deciding whether gay marriage is legal. ISIS is beheading Christians.
It feels like nothing is stable. Like the entire world is shifting, shaking, and on the verge of disintegrating. Like hope and peace and rest are a far off dream. Like Christendom and religious freedom and the world itself are all falling apart at the same time.
The media aren’t helping either. Depending on which channel you watch, you come away either disgusted or depressed. I can only watch the news for about five minutes before I want to curl up in a fetal position and let the world pass me by.
In the midst of this awfulness, it’s helpful to remember two things.
THE WORLD HAS ALWAYS BEEN THIS WAY
Doesn’t it feel like things just keep getting worse? Ten years ago, gay marriage was barely on the radar. Now it’s the subject that everyone is talking about. Less and less people go to church, churches in New York City are being kicked out of schools, BP pumped millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, Katrina ruined New Orleans, Nepal was destroyed by an earthquake, and California is enduring one of the worst droughts in its history.