The fact that the world is somehow ‘broken’ is a recognised fact. A flick through a newspaper will show that the world could be so much better than it is. Injustice, war, crime, theft, fraud, oppression, slavery, genocide and dictatorships are ever present companions in this world. The question that all political, economic, philosophical and religious thinking has to answer is how do we fix it?
Education! Say many. But the universal education of the population has achieved little of what was thought. Education was going to abolish poverty, make crimes a thing of the past and push society to greater heights. True, education is vastly preferable to ignorance but it can’t fix what is broken.
Democracy! Say others. If only! The world has more democratic governments than ever before but utopia is still out of reach. Democracy is a god that has failed us.
Atheism! Imply some. If only there were no religions then ‘right thinking’ men and women could live about their lives in peace and harmony. Bah, I say, are atheists really better people? Are they more moral? More tolerant? Less prone to lying, cheating, stealing, abusing authority? I think not.
Good manners! Chivalry is dead, honour a forgotten concept, sportsmanship long gone, a sense of responsibility is dead. If only we had these like we had them in the past. And while these things would do some good they aren’t the be all and end all.
Justice! If only criminals were hung and the law was enforced with an iron fist. Again, although preferable to our current system crime would still pay. People would still choose to break the law.
All these things make up civilisation, all of them (except atheism) are good things, excellent things, concepts which are rightly valued and fought for.
But they tackle only the symptoms of mankind’s real problem.
I know exactly who is going to win the next election. But don’t worry I’m not going all ‘charismatic’ on you and pretending to have the gift of prophesy. No, I know who’s going to win because there is only one logical possibility. I know who is going to win because I know Daniel 2 v 21. I know that God will win the next election. God wins every election.
It’s incredible if you think about – when you walk into that polling both there’s no name on the card saying ‘God’ for you to put your cross against. And even if there was then I can guarantee you there would be few that would vote for him. In fact, I think it’s a fair bet that a lot of people in this country would get incredibly angry if they knew that God was going to win this election.