I accidently came across this blog the other day simple called “What’s Wrong with the World? I have not deeply delved into it, so I am not necessarily recommending it. But it looks interesting.
Their statement of purpose says their blog is “dedicated to the defense of what remains of Christendom, the civilization made by the men of the cross of Christ.” Their lengthy statement specifically mentions two dangers: (1) the Islamic doctrine of JIHAD and (2) “the brazen defiance of God” in what is generally called “liberalism.”
Apparently there are seven authors with Paul J. Cella, whose conservative writings have been published in The New Atlantis, Touchstone, and The American Conservative, being the Editor in Chief. A cursory perusal of some of the posts include their views about the social, political, economic, moral and ethical problems our world is facing.
The title of their blog reminds me of a story when the London Times asked a number of writers for essays on the topic, “What’s Wrong with World?” G. K. Chesterton replied with the most pointed and succinct response.
“Dear Sirs: I am. Sincerely yours, G. K. Chesterton.”
Chesterton’s wit and wisdom touches a painfully and highly personal nerve. For those of us who preach, teach and write regarding spiritual matters, it is often to easy to rail against the sins of society and forget that we too have our own shortcomings to correct.
In fact, it may be true that many Christians, while pointing fingers and lamenting about the wrongs in our world, might be well served to stop, take a deep breath, and look within our own hearts. Our own lives. Our own families.
Maybe the critics of Christianity who accuse Christians of hypocrisy ought to consider what they are offering positively in the place of the religion of Jesus Christ. Is your standard of living ennobling, encouraging and lifting our society to a higher moral plane?
Even those among us who carp against the customs of the Lord’s church and within its ranks rail against the problem of Pharisaism, traditionalism, and apathy, ought to also look within themselves.
What’s wrong with the world?
“Is it me?”
It’s so easy to see in others selfishness, pride and jealousy. Envy, gluttony, and greed are so obvious. In the lives of other people. And lust, laziness and anger are apparent to the casual observer. At least in everyone else.
The Bible demands “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith” (2Cor 13:5). Self-examination is difficult. Demanding. And daunting. It requires honesty. Integrity. And open-mindedness.
Self-examination begins with a humble heart that admits, “I, too, have faults.” Spiritual scrutiny calls for open-mindedness. Moral inspection of our inner most being necessitates complete transparency before God.
The only way to really accomplish this kind of personal introspection of our thoughts, motives and actions is by applying the Word of God as the ultimate standard of authority.
“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” (Heb, 4:12-13)
What’s wrong with the world?
“Is it me, Lord?”
–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman