“We live in a fallen world. We can try our best to manage wars, to be smart, to minimize them. This is our duty, our responsibility. But the notion of a world that is entirely peaceful seems increasingly utopian. And the idea that we can find a foreign policy template that always works is, itself, a dangerous concept, tantamount to flying too close to the sun.”  (Matt. K. Lewis)

This is the first time that I have seen this admission in print; ‘We live in a fallen world.’   While  I see the admission of the  defeat man’s diplomacy and man’s military strength to quell that which comes naturally in our race,  I don’t see any hope for the situation.  Mr. Lewis goes on; “It says we shouldn’t beat ourselves up for failing to discover some magical foreign policy world view that will end all wars – because such a thing does not exist. Maybe the best foreign policy is to simply admit this: We see through a glass darkly.”  How sad.  Yet this is the best that can be done by man – to take a realistic view of the world and realize we can’t fix it.

The book of Job tells us; “For affliction does not come from the dust, Nor does trouble sprout from the ground,  For man is born for trouble, As sparks fly upward.” (Job 5:6,7)  A commentary explains; “The words ‘man is born unto trouble’ mean, it is his nature through his sin to bring trouble upon himself; evil rises up out of his heart as naturally as the sparks fly up out of the flame.”  Sin being defined as; “A transgression of a religious or moral law, especially when deliberate.

After the fall, God saw mankind’s proclivity to evil and  even after the cleansing flood God knew man wouldn’t change for the better on his own; “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.” (Genesis 8:21)

Some would glibly lay all this trouble on religion’s doorstep claiming that zealots and fundamentalists are the biggest killers of mankind.  This is an easy and popular argument and many ignorant people make it.  Some with their own agenda will argue it as well  but they should know better (and perhaps do).  Still more gullible people believe it.  Yet this kind of ‘religion bashing’  has been shown to be quite fallacious;

It has been estimated that in less than the past 100 years, governments under the banner of communism have caused the death of somewhere between 40,472,000 to 259,432,000 human lives.  Dr. R. J. Rummel, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Hawaii, is the scholar who first coined the term democide (death by government). Dr. R. J. Rummel’s mid estimate regarding the loss of life due to communism is that communism caused the death of approximately 110,286,000 people between 1917 and 1987.  Richard Dawkins has attempted to engage in historical revisionism concerning atheist atrocities and Dawkins was shown to be in gross error (see also: Atheism and communism and Persecution of Christians in the Soviet Union).

Although Communism is one of the most well-known cases of atheism’s ties to mass murder, the French Revolution and subsequent Reign of Terror, inspired by the works of Diderot, Voltaire, Sade, and Rousseau, managed to commit similar persecutions and exterminations of religious people and promote secularism and militant atheism. Official numbers indicate that 300,000 Frenchmen died during Robespierre’s Reign of Terror, 297,000 of which were of middle-class or low-class. Of the amount murdered via the guillotine, only 8% had been of the aristocratic class, with over 30% being from the peasant class.  (Wikipedia)

What is the cause of the perpetual grief and conflict on our tired old world?  Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn came to the conclusion that when men abandon God  terrible things happen;

Over a half century ago, while I was still a child, I recall hearing a number of old people offer the following explanation for the great disasters that had befallen Russia: ‘Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.

Since then I have spend well-nigh 50 years working on the history of our revolution; in the process I have read hundreds of books, collected hundreds of personal testimonies, and have already contributed eight volumes of my own toward the effort of clearing away the rubble left by that upheaval. But if I were asked today to formulate as concisely as possible the main cause of the ruinous revolution that swallowed up some 60 million of our people, I could not put it more accurately than to repeat: ‘Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.  (Wikipedia)

As a society we may deny what great men like Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn clearly see but it doesn’t really change anything.  Humanity is on the rampage and it’s not slowing down.  The solution isn’t in trying to be something we are not – good.  Pretense just adds to the misery and carnage.

Real change and peace  comes with the terrible pride killing admission that we need God in our lives – individually and as a nation.   Many prefer war to admitting something that crazy.

What do you think?