There are so many hurts in this world, it is hard to imagine that it could have been worse at one time. When we take a good look at our culture and see so much pain and so much evil, it is actually scary to think that it can be worse. I remember growing up hearing my parents say that they didn't have so much pressure bombarding them and now I watch my kids go to school with more things to worry about than I had to deal with. It is so sad to see the oppression that some people live in around the world, and to see gangs and drugs assault our children. But there was a time when it was even worse; please read Genesis 6:1-8.
Verse 5 tells us how bad things were at the time of Noah, "The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and He saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil." As bad as things look here, we can look around and know that not every thought was consistently and totally evil. We certainly see some evil and despicable things in this world such as human trafficking, but we still see many people who care about others and make personal sacrifices to help meet the needs of the vulnerable. There are many people who have given up their comfort to bring comfort to those who are suffering from AIDS in Africa or for the lepers in India. So, even though we have more means to spread evil, our world today does not match the world of Noah.
I want you to notice verse 8, because we see that not every single person on the earth was evil. "But Noah found favor with the Lord." That is a big statement when we see in the verses preceding this verse that God was sorry He ever created all of this and His heart was broken. That is how the church can be today. While God can look down at the earth now and see so much evil, He can also see the church. I think of how verse 8 says, "But Noah..." What if the church worked in such a way that God would say, "But the church..." In many ways the church is working and doing great deeds around the world and the church is providing relief to those who are most vulnerable, but there is so much more that needs to be done. What if the church was willing to give up its comfort to give to those who have nothing to give? What if the church rallied with one another and spoke against the injustices of the world? What if the church fell to its knees around the world and prayed for our leaders? We are the body of Christ, the light of the world.
In what ways can we make the statement, "But the church...?"
This post is linked with On Your Heart Tuesday.