Yesterday we discussed Bill Gates’ perspective on the world’s greatest problem, which is basically a shortage of clean energy.
Before we start tossing around the liberal and conservative labels, let’s think quickly to the perspectives of the leading “conservative” advocates of our day. From time to time I listen to Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, and talk show hosts of that ilk, and after listening to them for a while I get the same empty feeling as when I listen to Bill Gates or the Democrat solutions. They miss the real problem as well.
For example, Rush Limbaugh said:
“The world’s biggest problem is the unequal distribution of capitalism. If there were capitalism everywhere, you wouldn’t have food shortages.”
If you asked these men to list our country’s biggest problems, do you believe they would include a lack of submission to God? To be fair, it might make the list for some, but I am fairly certain none would place that as this country’s primary issue. Glenn Beck? He might.
Satan has drilled deep into our heads and successfully obscured the real problem! The real problem is not clean energy vs. coal and oil. It’s not racism. It’s not conservatism. It’s not liberalism. It’s not global warming or terrorism. It’s not capitalism or (gasp!) socialism. And ABSOLUTELY NO government will (or can) solve our real problems! People are not the solution; we make the mess.
Don’t let all the political yammering and yapping obscure what is real, that only God can turn things around, and He requires people to submit to Him and His ways. Repentance is the key.
How are poverty-stricken people really taken care of? Those who are more wealthy open their hearts and help them. Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble… (James 1.27). Command those who are rich…not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God…Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share… (1 Timothy 6.17-18).
How is racism defeated? God pricks our hearts to understand all men are, indeed, created equal in His sight. God has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on the all the face of the earth…we are the offspring of God (Acts 17.26, 29).
As soon as we take God and His word out of the picture, we have no anchor for the soul. Men do what they will and what they want. Chaos reigns.
The end of the matter, when all has been considered is this: to fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man (Ecclesiastes 12.13).