The title is a quotation from Matthew 24:12 and in context Jesus is referring to the defining character of people during the period known as the ‘Tribulation’. During this time people’s characters will become even more selfish (cold) and less concerned for the welfare of others.
However, every day we see examples of this behaviour. Only last week we heard the case of a man who fired a loaded air rifle into an 18-months head in England just to ‘shut him up’. Thankfully the child made a recovery but “he suffers from several post-traumatic seizures a day and is being treated with anticonvulsant drugs.”
How, may you ask, could an adult man pick up an air rifle and purposely aim and fire it at a crying child? Was he drunk at the time and therefore his mental rational impaired?
No he wasn’t. In fact he shot the infant at the behest of his partner in order to ‘scare him’.
Is this behaviour unusual? Is it just a one-off? I would argue no it isn’t unusual and certainly not a one-off. Every day thousands of innocent babies are killed either for convenience or for other seemingly ‘good reasons’. Since the Roe vs. Wade case in 1973 that went to the US Supreme Court, America now has killed, up to 2013, over 51 million babies. 51 million. That’s a staggering statistic and a figure that’s hard to get your head around. However, statistics are far removed from the reality of the actual act of killing the unborn.
Abortion aside, there is plenty of evidence that people are getting more cold-hearted. Just watch the evening news. Daesh or ISL or ISIS are a perfect example of an organisation that sanctions cold-blooded murder upon those that they deem apostates according to the Quran. Most people reel at the seemingly blood thirsty desire they have to inflict Quranic ‘justice’ upon those held captive and under their control; and their desire to inspire others to do the same against ‘infidels’ abroad.
And they appear to be winning in their message of hate.
This week France have yet again suffered an alleged ‘terrorist attack’ from an Egyptian National. This time the assailant seems to have travelled to France in order to carry out his poorly executed attack as opposed to the attacker in Nice who drove a lorry through crowds in 2016 killing 86 people. He was a French National inspired to kill for Daesh in the name of Allah.
Many people in fact commented that 2016 was one of the worst years in history. Although it probably wasn’t in terms of the number of people killed through murder; it just seemed awful to many people. Many of these people live in the West and, fed through a rich diet of media sensationalism, were either directly impacted or as an observer; shocked at the barbarity and senselessness of some of the events that occurred.
The Bible states, however that, “there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Man will continue to kill Man until that glorious Day when Christ Jesus returns and vanquishes all evil in the world. Until then we wait and pray for those affected by tragedy and violence; and practically, “comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” (1 Corinthians 1:4).
Yes the love of many is growing cold but this societal cold-heartedness pales in comparison to what the world is going to be like in the event called the Tribulation. Many people believe that this event is almost (definitely, as opposed to previous years) upon us. There is hope though. Come to Christ Jesus, and when He returns for His Church, you will escape what is to come.
“if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
Confess and tell someone you’ve come to faith, come to Church and be a part of what God is doing in the world today. God bless you.