Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Extinction

Today, almost everywhere we look, we can see that there are great efforts being made to save our planet. Scientists feel confident that our environment is in trouble. One of the ways that scientists arrive at this conclusion is by the amount of animals and plant life that becoming extinct. Whenever a species of any kind completely disappears from off the face of the earth, this means trouble in their eyes. What science has been able to conclude is quite simple; the inhabitants of the earth are inextricably affected by the conditions of earth. If the earth is doing well, then in most cases so are its inhabitants. If the earth is not doing well, then its inhabitants will probably suffer severally. Unfortunately, it is not just our physical world that is in trouble today. Our spiritual world is facing serious dangers too. In the same way that scientists become concerned when species begin to disappear, we should also become concerned when we see things like kindness and goodness between human beings begin to disappear. Television shows, movies and other forms of media that promote violence , hate, and immoral behavior should concern all of us deeply. When people are openly hateful and disrespectful toward each other, it is an indicator that something is slowly becoming extinct in the world. Amazingly, the Bible gives us a list of things that would face extinction in the last days.

2 Tim 3:1 Know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

Having understood these things we must ask ourselves, what is the solution? The answer is simple, we are. Everyone of us, as individuals can choose to promote and exhibit the very virtues which are in danger of becoming extinct. G.K. Chesterton once said, “I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.” Who can stop us from being kind to strangers or from cultivating strong bonds with family and friends? I’m convinced that nothing can stop us from taking action, and doing good deeds on a daily basis. Goodness is something that must be acted on if its ever going to become contagious. When people dedicate themselves to propagating what’s right it pumps life back into humanity, and stirs the grace of God. Small actions can make big differences when we refuse to resign to evil.
Romans 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

6 comments:

Jesse Willoughby said...

EARTH DAY! These people don't realize that everything in the earth is working in harmony as God set it forth to do. The only thing...Earth worshipping scientists don't seem to blame any animals for killing other animals because that goes against their idea of evolution and survival of the fittest. But it is ok for them to blame humans for wanting to advance and progress, which is ok because God gave humanity dominion over the earth. I'm not saying we should burn down all the forests, but if they believe survival of the fittest (which most of these people do) then they should be ok with us destroying something else for our benefit...isn't that "evolution".

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Carol Connell said...

Hi Bro. & Sis. Prado,

I agree that our world is definitely becoming more violent and we are seeing a decrease in kindness in the way that people interact with each other. I can't help but think though that this is really an opportunity for the true church to shine for Jesus.

Jesus said in Matthew 5:16 - Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your father which is in heaven.

Our good works and acts of kindness can cause others to wonder why we are so different in a world where it seems like most people are just out for themselves. While Acts 2:38 is our message, our good works and treating people kindly can be a vehicle to help bring people to the point where they are ready to receive the message. May God help us to remember that our actions do speak louder than our words. Thanks for this thoughtful post.

Blessings always,
Sis. Connell

The Prados said...

Always good to hear from you Sis. Connell. I read about all the good things that happened in the revival. Keep up the good work!

Jennifer Connell said...

I was just talking with someone about this the other day. I am definitely seeing the results of a lot of good things going extinct. Working in a customer service enviroment makes you realize that real quick! lol