Be honest, kindly, simple, true;
Seek good in all, scorn but pretence;
Whatever sorrow come to you,
Believe in Life’s Beneficence!
The World’s all right; serene I sit,
And cease to puzzle over it.
There’s much that’s mighty strange, no doubt;
But Nature knows what she’s about;
And in a million years or so
We’ll know more than to-day we know.
Old Evolution’s under way —
What ho! the World’s all right, I say.
One of my favorite poems by Service by the way, although the “Cremation of Sam McGee” may be a very close second.
But I digress…
In his poetry, Service wrote about the world prevailing despite man’s best efforts to destroy it. He was a church-going man but chose the words “Fate” and “Destiny” and even “Evolution” to describe the upturns and downturns instead of giving God credit for allowing events to happen according to His Perfect Plan. That said, if you read this particular poem, “The World’s All Right“, there is indication he understood that there were “forces” beyond his comprehension that have always been in control, and will always be in control despite the evil wiles of mortal man.
I have thought a lot about world events lately. There are some things I just can’t make sense of, much less come to grips with. For instance:
- Scientists have discovered that lobsters feel distress in being boiled alive in hot water so there are now countries who are putting laws into place to not cause those lobsters unnecessary stress and pain…yet those same countries have legalized abortion.
- in Canada it is okay, in the name of religious freedom, to allow a kirpan (knife) to be worn by Sikh students, but Bibles are not allowed in schools.
- Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau applauds and celebrates all lifestyles but is antagonist to all those who may oppose those liberal views, especially Christians, even going so far as to block them from adopting children or getting government grants unless they declare to support abortion and the LGBTQ agenda.
The world’s all right?
I don’t think so!
“Serene I sit…”
I don’t think so!
Here is the dilemma I face. I totally believe that God is in control. I posted in 2016, 25 Encouraging Scripture Verses that Prove God is in Control that back up what I believe about God with regard to His Nature and His Sovereignty. The thing is, with all the political, economic and social strife we have here in Canada and around the world, there are days I definitely lament about what is happening around me. It is evil, plain and simple. I struggle with why God would allow so much evil to run rampant in our world today. If I were to also list all the natural disasters, shootings, stories of abuse, violence and depravity that seem to dominate the news reports lately, even over this past week, I could fill pages with just BAD NEWS. Surely that kind of on-going evil in the world goes contrary to what a loving God would allow, right?
Many Christians fall away from the faith over this dilemma. Others reject the Christian faith outright because they cannot reconcile evil and a loving God to co-exist. Solving the contradiction between a loving God and the reality of evil is referred to as a theodicy (
C.S. Lewis, “The Problem of Pain“; and most recently Clay Jones, “Why Does God Allow Evil?: Compelling Answers for Life’s Toughest Questions“, have sought to provide answers to many of the questions I (and I suspect many of my readers) struggle with.
I don’t claim to have it all figured out, but I do know that Scripture is clear:
- God is Love and does not take delight in evil. (1 Corinthians 13:6)
- Evil does not originate from God, but lies in the hearts of sinful, fallen men (and women). (James 1:13)
- We are separated from God because of our sin and therefore we have need of a Saviour (Jesus) to rescue us from the consequences of our sin nature, thereby reconciling us to God. (John 3:16-17)
- The rise of evil should not come as a surprise to those of us who are Christ Followers. (1 John 5:19)
- There will come a day when the enemy (Satan) and all evil will be overthrown by Jesus. (Matthew 13:36-43)
- There will come a day when God will judge each man (and woman) and He will create a “New” world free of evil, suffering and pain. (Romans 2:5-11 ; Revelation 21:1-8)
- As Christians we are to turn from evil and do good. (1 Peter 3:11)
- Prayer is our greatest weapon against evil in this world. (2 Corinthians 10:3-5 ; Ephesians 6:11-17)
The World IS all right because God is in control! God’s got this!