Like the rest, we were by nature objects [children] of wrath. Ephesians 2:3 (NIV)
One of the greatest problems with evolutionary theory is that if it were true, the world should be a better place by now.
If we are getting better, surely by now, war should have ended, children should be safe, and women should be treated with dignity and respect. Surely by now, we should have achieved world peace, and wise government with freedom and justice for all.
Why can’t we ever get there?
Every new generation says: “The world shouldn’t be like this!” But if world history tells us anything, it is that sin is a problem to which there is no human solution. Sin is a monster, and our only hope of getting better is for this monster to be completely destroyed.
In Psalm 55, David cries: “Listen to my prayer, O God, do not ignore my plea; hear me and answer me… Confuse the wicked, O Lord, confound their speech, for I see violence and strife in the city. Day and night they prowl about on its walls; malice and abuse are within it. Destructive forces are at work in the city; threats and lies never leave its streets” (55:1-2, 9-11).
Notice where Psalm 55 ends: “But you, O God, will bring down the wicked into the pit of corruption” (55:23). In an evil world, where might is right, this is the psalmist’s only hope. A God who cannot destroy evil, or who does not have the will to do so, is of no help to us.
The good news is that David’s prayer will be answered. God will bring the wicked down into the pit of corruption. God will create a new heaven and a new earth where sin will be no more. This is our hope. Without it, there will never be a world with peace and freedom and prosperity and justice and joy for all—never.
What are three problems in the world that you would like God’s wrath (judgment) to bring to an end?