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John emphasizes how important it is for us to avoid sin at all costs. However, when we do slip and fall, there is God’s provision in Christ. It is as we deal with our sin (through repentance and confession) that our fellowship with God matures and there will be longer times of unbroken fellowship because of it, as opposed to mediocrity in the Christian life.
The Prodigal Son left, lived wildly, sunk very low and then…voila, he ultimately came to his senses (Luke 15:17). In other words, he saw the “light.” He began to realize the truth about his father. That helped him see what an idiot he had been and how wrong about his father he had been. His thinking changed based on truth, therefore correct actions followed.
Relationships, more than any other issue, require our emotional involvement and promised commitment. They cannot survive unless people are willing to put in the time, the energy, and the effort to make a relationship work. Granted, some relationships are easier than others, but all require work to some degree. A relationship cannot last on its own without effort. It is that simple. The divorce rate in America proves it and unfortunately, Christian marriages are included in that percentile.
Since the fall, not only humanity, but all of Creation “groans” as it waits for the release that will only come from God in His time and in His way (Romans 8:22). We know this is fact because we experience the problems of this life on a daily basis. It’s as if the Creation was actually groaning. It is in pain. The plant kingdom, the animal kingdom, man’s kingdom. Everything is dying and the only hope is the release that will come through God’s new Creation (Revelation 21).
I also believe that Solomon was essentially implying that everything that is “ordered” (a time for everything) is so ordered by God. Think about your life and what you cannot control and you would likely agree that you cannot control most things that happen in your life. God is sovereign. He is the One who has established order in this life, even in spite of the fall and the entrance of sin. In fact, it seems clear enough that because of our first parents embracing sin, God put several things in motion that probably did not exist prior to the fall, like the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics, which states that things left to themselves go from order to disorder (my paraphrase). Leave a banana out and in a few days, it goes from looking nice and ripe, to being overly ripe, to rotten. That’s the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics at work, which certainly did not exist prior to the Fall, did it?
Our nation has trillions of dollars in debt that we will never be able to repay. Since the Breton Woods Conference, America has gone into debt. The belief that at some point we were “out of debt” was merely an illusion. Some of this debt was accrued during President Obama’s term while some was accrued during George W. Bush’s term. Yet, people still believe that President Obama has done really well. You cannot discuss anything with people like this because they’re blind to reality.
The world has never really experienced peace at all and one might argue that since WWI, global tensions have increased. There has always been some conflict, some chaos in various parts of the world. These things exist because of the fact that powerful, egotistical, self-righteous, deviant, thoroughly evil men serve themselves. They have plenty of yes-men and sycophants that are all too ready to do their bidding in exchange for a small piece of the pie and a place in their coming kingdom. They don’t consider eternity though and that is their biggest downfall.