Hope for the worlds future - Bob Hines
Bob writes a timely article, reflecting on Easter and ANZAC and how both events expose man's tragic lust for power. He goes on to say that, although the leaders of this earth may fail, we can have hope in the coming reign of Jesus.
I don’t know about you, but I have found that during our recent, ‘regular’ lockdowns I tend to watch, listen and read more world news. One TV news channel, in particular, seems to highlight all the ills in our world and it can all be a bit overwhelming! It makes one wonder if there is any hope for our world. Surely, in this 21st-century, man should have learned how to get on with each other?
As we enter into our autumn season in New Zealand we remember two great events: Easter and ANZAC day. As I wrote a newsletter that I produce, containing reference to these two events, I was struck by the fact that two of the articles in this issue tell the story of man’s inhumanity to each other and the need by a few to hold onto power or to extend that power….
The Easter story and the cruel execution of Jesus was, on a human level, very much about power. The need of the then Roman Caesar and his local minions to ensure that the crowds did not follow another leader and upset their own hold on power. And the need for the Jewish priests, who lobbied for Jesus' death, to eliminate any person who might threaten their privileged positions.
The ANZAC story again can be boiled down to rulers wanting to hold onto, or expand, their power. Although they may explain their need to go to war with varied and many reasons, underlying almost every war has been a leader, or small group of leaders, driven by their egos and lust to increase their hold on power.
There is some truth in the saying that world leaders should be on the front lines of any war or conflict. This would surely make them reluctant to start any armed conflicts.
A solid right hook
As a young man (youth) of 16 years of age, I found myself on an island in the Hauraki Gulf undergoing rigorous and, by today’s standards, somewhat harsh basic training in the Royal NZ Navy.
Full of energy and testosterone, I was wrestling with another recruit who was smaller than me in stature. Pinning him to the deck the next thing I knew was finding myself laying on my back looking at the ceiling. Another recruit, way bigger than myself, had taken exception to my picking on somebody smaller than I was and taking me unaware, planted a solid right hook to my jaw.
It completely escaped him that he was doing the same thing I was - picking on somebody smaller than myself. Incidentally, this smaller recruit became a good friend as we progressed through training.
This incident had a profound effect on me, even as a 16-year-old. Looking back now to that incident nearly 60 years ago I realise it was the catalyst for me in understanding that using force to accomplish or force my will on others was wrong on every level. I learned slowly from that day on that it was better to lead by example than by force!
Is there a time to fight? Of course, there is!
If my loved ones, or things I hold dear, are threatened I will not hesitate to protect them but since that time I have never knowingly started a physical altercation.
How I wish and pray that all humanity could learn this lesson that I did.
Some things don’t change
I watch world leaders at the start of 2021 – Russia, China, North Korea, Myanmar, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Libya and so many other countries with strong rulers (dictators) who seem to want to expand their power and territories at the cost of lives. (Except their own)
I am reading the biography of a recent world leader (His name rhymes with chump!) who created chaos whilst in power. Reading his story it is easy to see his motivation was greed and power – as well as a massive ego!
Is there anybody out there bigger than these world leaders who could give them a solid right hook to the jaw?
What do we have to do to make our world a better place to live in?
I am reminded of a statement made by Paul Henri-Spaak, the first Chairman of the General Assembly of the United Nations, and one of the key founders of the movement toward European unity. He said:
“We do not want another committee. We have too many already. What we want is a man of sufficient stature to hold the allegiance of all people, and to lift us out of the economic morass in which we are sinking. Send us such a man and, be he God or the devil, we will receive him.”
The current world pandemic has seen the rise of voices calling for a new world order – a resetting of the world's values and a call for a single world leader.
Just a few examples are as follows:
Recently former British PM Gordon Brown called on world leaders to create a new order by forming a “temporary” global government to tackle the medical and economic crises caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
"We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis and the nations will accept the New World Order.” - David Rockefeller
" if we are to avoid catastrophe, a system of world order--preferably a system of world government --is mandatory. The proud nations someday will ....yield up their precious sovereignty." - Walter Cronkite
Pope Francis recently called for “a one-world government” and “political authority” arguing that the creation of the one-world government is needed to combat major issues such as “climate change.
Sounds good in theory, doesn’t it?
Be careful what you wish for
“Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. Let no one deceive you in any way.
For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God. Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? …”
In reality, the call for global government by so many of the world’s movers and shakers has little to do with lifting up impoverished nations or “saving humanity.”
Such a government would instead guarantee global surveillance, global wealth inequality, and a world run by the exact corrupt interests currently consolidating wealth and power worldwide. Do we really believe that the world's super-rich and powerful would give up what they have for the betterment of humanity?
“My purpose will stand”
Many people do not realise that the Christian Bible contains many prophecies of future events. (One-third of the Bible is prophetic at the time it was written) Contained within its pages are many references to a future time in human history when the world will indeed be ruled by one man.
These same Bible prophecies warn us that yet again the lust for power will see such a world leader eventually show his true colours. As so many others have done before him, he will be found to be a man of evil, exhorting his power and enforcing his will over all peoples of the earth. Peace and safety will yet again elude us!
Isaiah chapter 46, verse 10:
“I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, “My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please”
But there is hope! The Bible also predicts that the answer to the world’s problems is indeed a one-world leader - a benevolent dictator if you like - but one who will rule with love and compassion – Jesus Christ!
What a world that will be!
John chapter 16, verse 33: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Bob Hines is a Windsor Park legend! // Photo: Kirstyn Paynter
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