Saturday, July 2, 2011

If...Then

"...if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out." Luke 19:40

As intelligent human beings on this earth, we have been able to figure a lot of things out and it seems the age of technology has moved forward at warp speed. I remember as a kid having to get up to change the channel on the television or adjust the antenna on top to get a clear picture. I remember rotary phones. I remember when my family first got a computer. I used it mostly to play games. What else could a teenage girl do with a computer before the world wide web? I remember my first cell phone. It was so big that I could barely fit it into my backpack alongside my college textbooks. I remember my first bank job. We only had one shared computer behind the teller line and we processed transactions on a large glorified calculator called a Sharp machine. Debit cards were first introduced during my banking days. All this and I am only 35 years old. Those older than me might say, "I remember when TV was in black and white." Or even, "I remember when we didn't even have a TV." Or maybe, "I remember back when I had to walk to work uphill, both ways, in the snow."

How is it that our world has become so technologically advanced in such a relatively short amount of time? Technology is a great thing. I love it that I can just jump on my computer and pretty much figure out anything I ever wanted to know. I also read that Google is even in the process of developing and testing a car that can drive itself! But at the same time, the more we figure out how to do on our own, the less dependent on God and the more desensitized we can become if we're not careful. Dr. Bob Jones Sr once said, "The devil did not tempt Adam and Eve to steal, to lie, to kill, to commit adultery; he tempted them to live independently from God."

I was thinking the other day about all of the natural disasters that have happened in the past several years. There have been tornadoes, tsunamis, earthquakes and other events for ages, but they seem to be increasing in frequency and intensity. Perhaps, thanks to technology, natural events like these are more widely reported and broadcast around the globe. Perhaps I haven't been alive long enough to see a more complete picture.

I see two things happening. As a civilization, we are becoming more advanced and able to rely on our own ingenuity and becoming less dependent on God. And the earth is crying out. In a time of religious "tolerance," Jehovah God is just one of many acceptable ways. The earth is crying out. God will not be mocked. The world is more advanced than ever before, but God still has the final say.

The Bible says in 2 Timothy 3:1-5, "...in the last days... people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self control, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God - having a form of godliness but denying its power." The Bible also talks about increased earthquakes and natural disasters in the last days. I just wonder if the two are related. If... then.

We have two choices.

Choice #1: "If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will heal from heaven, and I will forgive their sins and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14

Romans 14:11 says, "... every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God." Every knee. Every tongue. If we neglect choice number one to humble ourselves, then we will be humbled.

Choice #2: "He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna... to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord."

"If my people... will humble themselves... then I will..." (emphasis mine)

"...if they keep quiet, [then] the stones will cry out." (emphasis mine)