Contrary to Opinion, The World Cannot Be Fixed,

Monday’s post was about Christians thinking there is a solution to Israel’s problems and Tuesday’s post was about Christians wanting to advise others how to solve their problems. These posts are linked.

The link is that we honestly believe we have a shot at doing something of use on this earth. We honestly think we can solve problems. We actually have the idea that we can be helpful.

It’s a nice notion, one that motivates many to enter ministry and poke their noses in everyone’s business. Much of ministry would be eliminated by heeding the Bible’s command to not gossip.

We can’t solve problems. Ask Job. Ask Job’s friends. Ask Moses. Ask Elijah. Ask Paul who was left alone at the end of his life with just one faithful guy, Luke, with him. Where were all those “I am of Paul” people then?

One of the verses we ignore happens to be in the one book most Christians ignore, Ecclesiastes, which says twice “That which is crooked cannot be made straight.”

Yet you wouldn’t know it by listening to us blather on about how to solve marriage problems, raising kid problems, genetically engineered chicken problems, getting out of debt problems, curing hunger, peace in the Middle East, fixing public education, balancing the budget, and on and on we blather on with our know-it-all worthless opinions.

Our words give the idea that the crooked can be straightened merely by shutting up and listening to me. The world is a sinking ship. There is no hope. Read the Book. It doesn’t work! It gets burnt up.

I know this is pessimistic and flies against the social gospel and the do-gooder approach to Christianity, but it’s Bible Truth. “That which is crooked cannot be made straight.”

It cannot be.

No matter how great your ideas are.

It cannot be.

Does this depress you or drive you to Christ and make you cling to the Gospel, forgetting all else and pressing toward the mark? Do we want God, or do we just want Him to make life better? If He doesn’t make your life better, do you still want Him?

3 thoughts on “Contrary to Opinion, The World Cannot Be Fixed,”

  1. >do we just want Him to make life better
    In a certain sense God does promise to make our lives better. A good example are the martyrs. Sent to the stake for being honest and righteous, cut down in the prime of life with their wives and children uncared for, yet they went to the stake singing (I suppose in these enlightened times they would be called “lousy fathers” for holding to a faith that left their family in poverty).

    God makes our lives better by giving us joy in sorrow, hope in despair, and pure thoughts in the midst of a world of vile lusts. This is the evidence that the gospel has power…not that it can give us earthly blessings (since these are also available to the wicked, and to those under an Old Covenant relationship), but that it can keep the soul pure and untainted in the midst of trouble and trial.

    Satan complained about God’s government while surrounded with heavenly blessings; now Christians are defeating him when they show the opposite spirit in the midst of hell.

    “I pray not that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil.”

  2. One more comment regarding the “social gospel”. I think these efforts are based on verses like the following:

    Isaiah 58
    6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?
    7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?

    Isaiah 61
    1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
    2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
    3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.

    Combine those thoughts with the fact that Jesus spent a lot of time healing the sick, and committed the same ministry to his disciples, and you have what looks like a very “social” gospel.
    And indeed, God who invented the social-ness of man, must surely be interested in the same!

    But in all these examples, the ministry to the body is a vessel to illustrate and carry the ministry to the soul, which is the treasure. Jesus used bread to feed 5000, Joseph saved up grain to save the nations. But the real purpose was to lead the people to Jesus, the bread of life. These ministries to the outward man were designed to break down the prejudice and fear that man has towards God, so that the gospel would find entrance.

    When the gospel work becomes secondary, and the social work becomes the aim, then the proper order is reversed, and social work becomes just a bandage on the sin problem. The social work deals with the consequences of sin; the gospel work deals with the root of sin.

    Perhaps it is not right to distinguish the spiritual element as the “gospel work” since the gospel actually includes both the spiritual (dealing with the root of sin) and the social (dealing with the consequences of sin). Jesus united both works into one gospel.

  3. I hear ya. Well said. There is a certain pointlessness to “temporal” help. No amount of money will truly help anyone truly. However, much spiritual help would go further if it also carried with it temporal help. “one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?” Yet you can give all your possessions away and if ye have not love it profits nothing.

    In all things there must be balance. Christians must see that the Spiritual is the crucial and live that by a proper view of the temporal. At the same time, Christians must view the entirely temporal view of the fallen world who also have no desire for spiritual help and take that into consideration as we try to bring them what their soul truly needs.

    I’m saddened by Christianity’s obsession with the temporal and the idea that a little magic jesus dust will cure all your ills. I don’t know. I don’t ever feel I can articulate it well. “Vanity, vanity, all is vanity.” Those words mean real things.

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