In a remarkable coincidence on the very day I posted the article, “LIVING IN A BROKEN WORLD,” there was a terrorist threat in our little county seat in rural south central Kentucky. Yesterday multiple bomb threats were called in concerning an office, two restaurants, a business and even a school. Public buildings were under lock-down. The school was evacuated as were the businesses. Other schools were evacuated as a precaution and parents were notified that they could pick their children up and take them home if they wished. Streets were blocked off. Police were everywhere – local, county and state police with bomb sniffing dogs. Emergency services personnel were out. People were inconvenienced. Children were frightened. Parents were worried. Travelers were advised to avoid the area due to difficulties getting through the town. Money was lost to the businesses affected to say nothing of the cost to the various governmental agencies who had to pay personnel to manage the emergency.

No bombs were detonated. No bombs were found. It was, like most of these scares, a hoax. Probably some kid wanting to stir up some excitement. Nevertheless it was an act of terrorism. Violence or the threat of violence is a serious matter, a federal felony offense.

If this were the only act of violence in our small county it would be bad enough, but there have been several murders recently with one being an 83 year old retired law enforcement officer shot for revenge. The murderer had as well have shot this man’s widow. She died before they could have her husband’s funeral, probably of a broken heart. Other murders have been drug related it is thought.

Reports in the local newspapers always have a list of cases before the district and circuit courts. Many of those cases are drug related, either manufacturing methamphetamine or possessing it for sale or possessing the paraphernalia to manufacture it, growing/possessing/selling/using marijuana, possession/use of cocaine, etc., etc.

Then there is always a sprinkling of domestic abuse cases, terroristic threatening, thefts, breaking and entering, theft by unlawful taking and on and on – just to add variety to the mixture. No, it is not necessary to live in big city to be exposed to the lawlessness of humanity.

I don’t know how bad it was in Noah’s day when the earth was so corrupt and filled with violence that God purposed to destroy it. I don’t know where his trigger point is – only he knows that.  I don’t mean to leave the impression that things are as bad now as then, but I would venture to say that things are getting worse. I can remember the day when people left home and did not bother to lock their doors.

Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth.” (Genesis 6:11-13).

In Noah’s day there were only eight righteous souls found out of all the people who lived on the earth – Noah, his wife, their three sons and their wives. I am certain that there are far more than eight righteous people in the world today, but then the population of the earth is certainly far greater in number than when the flood came and destroyed the whole earth. Just when the judge of all the earth will call an end to it all neither I nor anyone else can say, but I have no doubt that that day will come sooner than later. When the evils of man on a global scale are factored in, it becomes even more likely that that day will not be far off.

But lest we begin to sound pessimistic – or a dispensational sensationalist “prophesying” of an apocalyptic “Armageddon” or the “rapture” – we must not overlook the good that is in the world that offsets the evil and gives us reason to hope and rejoice for the future. Let me tell you about some of what I have personally observed. For over more than a year now I have had occasion to observe some wonderfully devoted, hard working, caring people in the medical profession. Since my wife has been sick I have witnessed a surgeon who prays with his patients before surgery, skilled, caring, doctors and nurses, aides, cafeteria and janitorial workers in hospitals and in the nursing home. Those who do the dirty, thankless jobs are the unsung heroes and heroines of the medical profession.

I have seen people dig into their pockets and into their bank accounts to help us with medical and other expenses in an overwhelming gesture of caring. I have had people sit with me, encourage me, pray with and for me and my wife.

We have had brothers and sisters in Christ who have made repeated trips to the hospital to visit us and to stay with my wife while I came home to take care of business and to do chores. One wonderful couple has gone with my wife to her dialysis treatment several times since she has been in the nursing home so I could stay home and rest. Some have driven me when I was having to drive to be with her for her treatments. (I am now able to ride with her on the medical transport bus). I can understand Paul’s thankfulness for brethren when he gave thanks for them as in 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3

We give thanks to God always for all of you, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Faith in Jesus is a tremendous formative power, changing people into a loving, caring, sympathizing, helping family. Without them this would be a dreary world, but with them the sun shines even on cloudy days. They are like a breath of fresh air or cool water to a thirsty traveler. It is refreshing to just be with such people as these.

Yes, there still are many good, honest, caring, hard working people out there in this world in spite of all the evil. We depend upon people like these every day to care for our needs and protect us against lawlessness. We should never get so jaded from our sometimes excessive exposure to the bad side of things by way of the news media that we forget about the good. Every chance we get we should give the good people a hug, a pat on the back and a hearty “thank you” to let them know they are appreciated for all they do.

It is people like this who give us hope for the world to continue on a little longer. These are people who make this world – even though it is broken – a worthwhile place to live while we wait for a better home. Remember that even ten righteous souls would have saved Sodom from destruction. MR

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