Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. — Genesis 6
Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. — Matthew 6
It’s pretty wicked on the earth now, but apparently not enough to justify the destruction of nearly the whole population as it was in the days of Noah. Just in the news the last few days was a report of a Texas teen arrested for storming into hospital nursery, strangling two newborns and attacking staff. And it’s not limited to the US: In Thailand many children were among the dead in pre-school attack.
Jesus was clear on how we are to deal with all these concerns; He tells us “each day has enough trouble” and that He’s got it under control, though it seems otherwise sometimes.
If you ask the typical person the question, “Do you believe that people are essentially good,” you’ll usually get an answer in the affirmative. Jesus, however, was working from His infinite base of knowledge of humans, and was well aware that (since the Fall) the nature of man is essentially evil. After all, the first offspring of man was a murderer.
We’ve enjoyed living in a country that has been centered on a moral basis founded in the Judeo-Christian ethic, but the foundations of the that, including the Ten Commandments and the teachings of Jesus have been cut out of our schools by liberal court edicts and out of our culture in general.
The horrific crime levels we see now are a result of the wickedness unleashed when moral restraints are eliminated. You’ve probably heard, “You can’t legislate morality.” In a culture that discounts morality as a virute, that platitude sounds good on its face, but actually all law does is legislate morality. Morality dictates what is a crime, and what is a virtue. Assault is a crime, as is theft, abuse and murder.
When we reject Biblical morality, when we turn our backs on what has been the guide for behavior for many generations, we wind up in the state of anarchy we are in today.