Recently I've heard a lot of horrible things about this placed called The World
. Now let me tell ya, I've been to pretty crappy places. Driving around Oklahoma you see a lot of things, but this world that local church leaders talk about seems to be far and away the most miserable place I've ever heard of.
Sigh..... I really don't understand all the anti-world rhetoric. The way the bible uses the term the world isnt really the way we throw it around, which is unfortunate because it would lead to less judging if we were on the same page. As it is, we hear speech after speech about how the world is getting more and more corrupt and permissive of immorality. Some extrapolate this to mean that Satan is corrupting us and that we are entering a downward spiral of sin which will polarize the peoples of the Earth into the camps of righteousness or wickedness.
Let's not split hairs here. When people say that the world is getting more sinful or more immoral or whatever, what they mean is that American and European society are becoming more permissive of sexual behavior. That's it. Every major crime index has been on the decline. There have been less murders, less thefts, less everything. But.... we don't really care about that. These sins, you know, the ones that actually hurt people, arent the one's that we discuss. I don't know about the rest of you, but I'd much rather have more people having premarital sex than have more people killing one another. That's not to say that having less of both would not be better than having less of one or the other. But having less serious crimes, to me anyway, is a better indicator of the state of the world than of whether people are having sex outside of marriage or heterosexual relations. And by that measure, the world is really a pretty good place.