Some versions use the word “lawlessness.” The Message calls it the “overwhelming spread of evil.” But in any case, things are going to get bad. We already know what that looks like to some degree, don’t we?
We have priests sexually abusing children and then covering up the evidence. We have pastors abusing their wives, and wives killing their husbands. Parents murdering their children in cold blood. Marriages dissolving into bitter divorce all around us, families ripped apart. Corruption in our governments, genocide, torture, constant threat of nuclear war. Division and bickering in our churches.
It’s discouraging to say the least. And how do we respond?
Cynicism. Everything is bad, and people can’t be trusted. It’s not worth trying. Put up a wall and pray for the end to come. Isolation (in heart if not in lifestyle). Giving up.
Denial. It’s bad out there (world), but not in here (church). Things in the world will work themselves out eventually. Christian bubble: I go to church, so I’m okay and my churchgoing friends/family are okay. I will continue to surround myself with this idea and will not allow anything to challenge me.
Acceptance with Love. It can be bad both out there and in here, but with God all things are possible. Realistic view of human nature vs. divine goodness. Keep hoping, trying, and believing. Continue to love because God loves us. Forgive always, pray without ceasing. Tender-hearted.
“At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved.” Matthew 24:10-12
May we continue in the love of Jesus always.