“And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” (Matthew 24:12)
I gave some glaring statistics in a recent message I preached concerning the last days. In America last year (2013) there were 14,832 murders that took place. Chicago is the murder capital in America, having displaced New York City of that not so desirable position. Most every murder takes place because of the cold, calculated attitude of one person toward another. No matter what the circumstances, murder can never be justified. But, murders are happening in every land, all over the globe. It is the same senseless, cold and calloused heart that commits these crimes against humanity. People ask questions constantly, “What is happening in our world? Why have people become so insensitive toward others? Why is there such wide-spread violence in the world?” There are, of course, answers to these questions, but not the answers people want to hear. Let me point out just a few reasons for this global coldness:
1. We are living in a worldly climate. You may ask, “Hasn’t the world always been in a state of rebellion against God; hasn’t it always been cold?” The answer is an emphatic “Yes!” However, Christ foretold that during the last days there would be a growing global attitude of animosity towards God. Morality and basic decency are opposed at every level of society. Bible believers are considered hate mongers, while liberal activists are hailed as the social and cultural heroes of our day. Oh, they do not want to do away with religion completely, they just don’t want it to interfere with their lives. The world has never been worldlier; the world has never been more anti-God; the world has never been colder.
2. We are living in a wicked climate. Jesus said, “Because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” This is the reason for the climate of coldness...iniquity shall abound. The word “iniquity” means, “the conditions without law, or lawlessness.” Living in iniquity means to live without any sense of what God has said. It means to discount and disregard the law of God.
Consider these examples: In 1963, Madalyn Murray O’Hair, founder of the American Atheist group, fought viciously to remove Bible reading from public schools. She succeeded when the Supreme Court ruled in her favor. Look at the consequences of that decision in our nation…. Fifteen years before 1963, teenage pregnancies (ages 15-19) had been no more than 15 per thousand. After 1963, pregnancies increased 187% over the next 15 years. Since 1963, pregnancies in younger girls, ages 10-14 years, increased to an astounding 553%! Before 1963, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among students were 400 per 100,00, but increased 226% over the next 12 years. Before 1963, divorce rates had been declining for 15 years, but after 1963, they increased 300% each year for the next 15 years. Since 1963, unmarried people living together is up 353%, single parent homes are up 140%, and violent crime has increased 544%. The list goes on and on.
The message is pretty clear, isn’t it? When our nation (or any people) gets away from the Word of God, it naturally disregards and disrespects the God of the Word. We, as Christians, need desperately to turn up the temperature of God’s Word in our lives, especially now as this world grows colder and colder. (Next week: Part II).
Pastor H. Preston Parker