During the White House Summit on Global Development on July 20, A.D. 2016 President Obama said “we are living in the most peaceful” era in human history and that “the world has never been less violent.”
While many are lampooning the president for this comment, yours truly – who agrees with him on exceedingly little – believes he is right on this one, taking all of true human history into consideration. And that true history, free of any re-writer’s pen, includes the antediluvian age when “…the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” (Genesis 6:5) The great Flood of Noah’s time put a decisive punctuation mark on all that.
Approximately 4,500 years later in this early 21st century of the grace of our Lord, the world being figuratively a tiny place and one in which information and disinformation travels at electronic speed, we are indeed witnessing much horror. But today’s world is one in which Christ’s kingdom is steadily advancing. Unshakably enthroned over all, He is inexorably putting all enemies beneath His feet until that glorious day when death itself, the last enemy, is destroyed (1 Corinthians 15:24-26).
There is a lot of “good stuff” going on today in many arenas of human endeavor. But it does not get the sensationalistic press given to terror attacks. Who cares that there is at least one country on Earth which has seen to date an unprecedented 44 peaceful transfers of power between presidential administrations? Who cares about the amazing progress that has been made toward the goal of eliminating human hunger? Who cares if pestilences that once killed millions have been eradicated? A guy who killed dozens (not at all minimizing the great pain he inflicted on victims and their survivors) makes for a much more mesmerizing story on the 24 hour news cycle.
King Jesus is winning the long war against God* despite what appears to us as the loss of some battles. He is always causing the enemy’s plans to backfire in his face, always making his victories Pyrrhic, always bringing good out of evil. I call that “the Joseph principle.” Discover that by reading the gripping account given to us in Genesis chapters 37 -50. Of the increase of Christ’s government and of peace there will be no end, as Isaiah predicted (9:6,7). The world is not yet an excellent place, but compared to what has been, it is a better place, and in centuries to come it will be even better.
And when the already reigning King returns at last to put the final punctuation mark on history, things will get really, really good for those on His side, and really, really bad for those who despised Him and set Him at nought.
* The Long War Against God is the title of a book by Dr. Henry Morris, A.D. 1918 – 2006. He was one of the founders of the Creation Research Society and the Institute for Creation Research.