Humanity is reaching the lofty heights of science fiction now with such advancements. Sounds pretty heady, right? If you study ancient history such as is presented on the Science Channel series What the Ancients Knew, however, you find that many of the great advancements we have in the modern age are really just a re-hashing of technology that advanced civilizations had thousands of years ago or they are a culmination of various technologies in separate cultures thousands of years ago that we now have culled together. When you look back and find out what advanced technologies that ancient cultures were using, you begin to realize that we haven’t really come as far as we think. And the snake-oil salesmen that are always enthusiastically telling us about how technology or science will transform human society have yet to produce very much evidence of their claims. Sure, we have advanced in some areas such as women’s rights or child protection laws, but our modern achievements are very spotty if you look around the globe at various countries. And our record is very inconsistent. Much of our advancements in law and cultural processes are not reaching to a higher level of morality that is making our lives better. They are just getting more and more bogged down in the legalistic mass of specific minutiae that takes us to absurd places. And looking around us in society these days, with all the decay of our social mores and the unbelievable crimes that are occurring, it would be very, very hard to make an argument that man is advancing, that he is evolving, that he is reaching to a higher plane than ever before.
Many of our modern leaders scoff at what they see as antiquated morality and logic that is written in our Bible. But the Bible is as true today as it was when men first started passing it down in the intricate, precise memory of oral tradition of the ancient world and eventually putting it in writing. Those truths have not changed. And those truths have stood the test of time while the supposedly more sophisticated ideas of modern culture are consistently proven wrong. The biblical truths of man’s depravity and need for salvation are the same today as they have been throughout thousands of years of human history. You need only look around you and read your news to get proof of that. If man were inherently good as the humanists claim, then we would be getting better and better at all the things that matter. But our society is crumbling more and more every day from the decay and weight of our own sins and our sinful and corrupt leaders and organizations. Whoever thinks man or society is getting better is delusional, just not paying attention, or cherry picking evidence while overlooking the mountain of contrary proof.
Today, more than ever, we need God to intervene in our lives and our society. We need Him to save us through His son, Jesus, and to work daily on our character to make us better people and to move in a powerful way to correct the flaws in our world. Unfortunately, there seem to be fewer and fewer people turning to Him for answers. We see the nightly news of Sandy victims and their tragic lives which don’t seem to be getting amelioration. But the constant refrain of complaint is still aimed at the government god. While there are positive stories coming out of that area of people helping each other and looking to God for help or various charity organizations assisting, there are far too many that still refuse to turn to God. In spite of the evidence all around them that their government god has failed, they persist in crying out to this false god. If you listen to the news or follow various blogs and or read the public comments which follow the various news stories, you know that there is no end to people that have it all figured out and know just what the solution is to everything. But their lives are no better than anyone else’s, so their advice has a hollow ring to it. This is nothing more than foolish pride. When we reach the end of ourselves and find our societies and institutions failing, we should be calling out for God. In light of a crumbling society, Psalm 11:3 poses the rhetorical question of what any of us can do in response: “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?” When things get this bad, there is no other answer than God.