And yet, all that stuff and worse has been happening for centuries in this world. Why are we so cruel to each other? Rodney King once asked something similar, “Why can’t we all just get along?”
How is it that a man who grew up through so much tragedy and made it all the way to 91 years old has to meet death at the nose of a school bus in the middle of the street? Where does all this bad come from?
Well, don’t look out there and blame those Germans. Don’t shake your finger at negligent school bus drivers. Don’t blame the war for your troubles. It’s not those criminals who are at fault. It’s not the evildoers or the bigots or the racists or the scammers or the enemy.
It’s sin. Adam’s gift to the world! Sin! All of this horrific stuff goes on because our world is saturated with sin. Ever see that ShamWow commercial? That towel that soaks up everything and holds it until you choose to ring it out?
That’s our world, and we have been pouring sin into it since the days of Adam and Eve, and it has yet to be wrung out. More and more sin saturating the earth, infecting everything and anything it touches. We have rust because there’s sin. We have decay because there’s sin. We have car breakdowns because there’s sin. We have toilets back up because there’s sin. We have pipes burst, mufflers fall off, refrigerators break down, friends betray us, loss of jobs, back pain and fallen arches because of sin.
And if you’ve ever read Ecclesiastes, the very wise Solomon would tell you that it’s not only not going to change, but it’s going to get worse each and every day until God finally decides to ring it out.