Summary: It is not the condition of the world around us, but our personal commitment to God and its ratification in my world that really matters.
The so-called experts often tell us how advanced we are in today’s culture. What with the advancement of technology, medicine and medical treatments and all kinds of time-saving gadgets. We have come so far, or so they try to tell us.
The reason we think we are so much advanced today is because we really do not know the history of our world. If you would study world history and the development of our country, you will find that we are no better off today than at any other time in world history. We may have advanced technically, but not morally or spiritually.
For example, with all the developments in medicine, medical treatments and drugs of all sorts, why do people still get sick and better yet, why do people die?
With all the social media advancements, why is this generation the most socially challenged and lonely of all generations? According to secular research, the most stressed age group are those 18 to 33 years of age.
With all the advancements in psychology and psychiatry, why do we still have crazy people murdering people?
We have been told that the solution to all of our problems is in “things.” The more we surround ourselves with “thing” the more wretched we become.
I think Solomon hit it right on the head when he wrote, “Lo, this only have I found, that God made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions” (Ecclesiastes 7:29).
The real challenges of life never change from one generation to the next. We have been told, “New days call for new ways.”
Again, Solomon understood this very thing when he wrote, “The thing that has been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? It has been already of old time, which was before us” (Ecclesiastes 1:9-10).
It is not the condition of the world around us, but our personal commitment to God and its ramifications in my world that really matters.
Nothing we face today or in any future generation but what God’s grace is sufficient. If anything, men and women get worse and worse rather than better despite cultural advance. Our Puritan blood has gotten very thin.
The world that Jesus entered into is relatively no different from the world we have around us. Our toys are different. But that is about all. Nothing can change the human nature but God.
Man is stuck in the horrible cycle of human depravity and nothing he does can break him loose of it. Not all the advancements in education, technology, politics, you name it, can make man better.
This may seem like a dismal view of humanity, but the facts and the reality are on my side. Look at some of the things that have happened in what is supposed to be the greatest and most sophisticated country in the world. There is no sin, no debauchery, no evil that is not found here in the United States of America.
The world Jesus entered into is comparable to the world we live in today. I want to explore this idea as Luke outlines it for us in these first two chapters.