For all the positive, uplifting news from 2012, there is no denying it was a horrific year for more people than not. It was a year of true darkness and human depravity. There were many heroes, many good guys and gals – many reasons to give thanks… yet the groaning of the human race is growing louder. We are devouring ourselves and our planet, and we are warring with one another ceaselessly.
Many will hope in the rationality of man to bring peace and joy to the world. 250 years of “Enlightenment” has left us no closer to salvation than in the medieval days.
Many will hope in science and technology to send us racing into the galaxy exploring new worlds, eradicating disease, poverty, and economic inequality. 150 years of breathtaking scientific revolution has left us living longer and more comfortably… to give us more creative ways to kill each other and steal each others’ property. We’re tinkering with the genetic codes of our food, for heaven’s sakes, and playing with disaster on every front, all in the name of human autonomy and wisdom. Do I really need to defend that with examples?
Many will hope in themselves, or will have faith in faith, or something warm and fuzzy within us all.
Need I make an example of how far that gets us?
No, the only true hope for 2013 is the answering of this prayer:
‘Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
‘Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
‘Give us this day our daily bread.
‘And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
‘And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’
Let us all put our ultimate hope and trust in the only person who ever rose from the dead. Let’s trust His words; namely, that He is going to return to the earth to eliminate sin, to set up His kingdom of righteousness, and to give the earth back to the human race – a restored, perfect, harmonious re-creation. My hope for 2013 is the return of Christ Jesus, the submission of creation to His will, and the perfect adoration of God among all people for eternity. How about that?
Happy New Year, because Jesus lives!