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“For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.” — Romans 1:17

The world’s institutions are breaking down. The schools. Law enforcement. Government itself. The rule of law.

This is no accident. Long before the political institutions we rely on to maintain civil order began to crumble, our major cultural institutions lost their moorings. The entertainment industry. The press. Academia. Even the churches.

We’re on the downward end of a slippery slope. People recognize it. As we approach the dawning of a new millennium, it’s only natural that people are asking: “With all the bad news in the world, is there any hope?”

That’s a question I hear from readers all the time. What can we do? To whom can we write? Who should we call? Is there anyone we can trust?

The truth is, my friends, I don’t know. I’m not optimistic that mankind can right this ship. Left to our own devices, I’d say we’re going down on the Titanic.

Fortunately, I don’t believe we’re on our own. There is order in this universe. There is one greater than us on whom we can depend. He’s always there for us. And He’s got a plan for our personal salvation as well as plan for a world without end.

Unlike our politicians and those who control our cultural institutions, He’s always listening to us — from the innermost yearnings of our hearts to the unspoken words of our contemplative minds.

Sometimes knowledge of the world’s evils can be a heavy burden. Yet, we can’t run away from them. We can’t isolate ourselves from them. We can’t pretend they don’t exist.

The Apostle Paul was confronted with this same dilemma. He explained that God’s righteousness was revealed in the scriptures and through the birth, life, death and Resurrection of Christ — “a righteousness that is by faith from first to last.”

At times like these — trying times — Paul explained that “the righteous will live by faith.”

I don’t think I could carry on for another day without absolute faith that righteousness would someday triumph in this world. There’s too much pain, too much suffering, too much sin, too much evil.

This is the result of man exercising his own wisdom rather than relying on the laws of God. The Bible is replete with horror stories of such folly — beginning in the Garden of Eden and ending on the cross.

For 6,000 years of human history, the story has been the same. Someone, some leader, some group, some city, some nation, even the entire world decides it knows better than God. The consequences are always dire. Whenever God is removed from the equation, something bad fills the vacuum.

Have you ever noticed that? What filled the vacuum in ancient Israel when they forgot about God? Conquest and slavery. What filled the vacuum in the Soviets’ lives when they forgot God? The all-knowing, all-powerful state. What’s filling the vacuum in Americans’ lives now that we have forgotten God. Hmmmm.

Some people tell me I shouldn’t write about spiritual matters. They say I don’t know what I’m talking about. They say I lose credibility on more important issues. They say I compromise my objectivity.

To them I say, there are no more important issues than this. There is no neutral ground in the spiritual warfare consuming this universe. And there is nothing I am more certain about than this: A better day is coming.

And I believe it’s closer than most of us think. How do we know that day is coming? Because the One who came, suffered, died and rose again told us so. He promised us — nearly 2,000 years ago. Jesus told us to watch for the signs, and they are all around us. His return is very near. He is literally at the door.

The Bible tells us that to God, a day is as a thousand years and a thousand years is as a day. As surely as He rose on the third day, I believe He will come again in the third millennium.

Open your hearts, my friends, and rejoice. For He is risen. He is truly risen, and He’s coming back to straighten out this mess. All we need to do is occupy and proclaim the truth. Help is on the way.

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