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The Fate of Humanity

Humanity is doomed. It really has nothing left to give. Perhaps there may be small glimmers of hope, but these do not last, simply fading away with everything else that once was good. We go about our days working a global economy that relies on the backs of slaves around the world. Millions of people lie homeless while a few desolate, confused people hold wealth that they don’t know what to do with. Immorality is prevalent in society, as people forsake morals for ideas like “relativism.” Right and wrong, good and bad, the lines between them becoming ever more faint with each passing day.

As part of our trip to Los Angeles, we walked through Hollywood. Partly to see the stars in the sidewalk, but more so to see people. People everywhere. The rich and poor. The sane and the insane. The sober and the drunk and high. All butted up against each other. All feeling miserable. All utterly hopeless. It was then that I became sad. Sad for all the people trying to find a purpose. Sad for the state in which this people were in.

But sadness was not simply all that was stimulated that evening. It was soon subsided by anger. An anger for the people, the smog, the city and anything else that happened to annoy or agitate me. At this point I was ready to go home. I had reached my conclusions and since there didn’t appear to be any other alternatives, I was going to hang up my hat and call it a day.

However, God was not ready for me to just sit like that. While I walked in my miserable fury down the streets, our group found ourselves in a Starbucks. While sitting at a table, my glance turned towards the bracelet on my wrist. It had been made by a street vendor at Huntington Beach, and the text read: “SCA Missions.” In the midst of my feelings of anger and melancholy, looking at this bracelet began to make me think. I asked myself some questions. What is the concept of missions? Why do we do missions? What hope is there anyway? The answer of course became simple.

It’s Jesus.

A man who saw the hopelessness in the world and did what only a God could do. He created hope. He sacrificed himself in order that such great expanses of desolation could be filled with love, joy, hope and other good things.

And He has allowed us to be a part of it. In fact, He has commanded us to. Hands and feet. Salt and light. The Great Commission. The teachings of Jesus were full of instruction on how to live in such a manner that we would truly reflect Him, and His message.

One final experience finally solidified these thoughts and helped me connect the dots in a manner in which I never have before. The following day, we were on skid row inviting the homeless to a free meal at a drop in center. One of the individuals we encountered was an older lady in an electric wheelchair who had prosthetic legs and was without hands. Over the course of our conversation, she asked us if we were going to wish her a Happy Easter. She then went on to tell of how she had had hope to live another day because of the message of Jesus. The cross. Simply knowing this hope instilled in her such conviction that she could live among the hopelessness of skid row. And not just live among it, but thrive in it.

It suddenly made so much more sense. This was truly the hope for humanity. The single thing that could redeem it from the seemingly impending fate of hopelessness and death. The idea that we could live in this manner, that this view of life made any sort of simple task a ministry in itself, made all the difference. And when even a few people take this to heart, the world begins to change in a powerful way. After all, this change has been in progress for over two thousand years. It began with the powerful catalyst of the resurrection of man and a God who believed in humanity. Who ignored what looked like irreversible destruction. Who chose to believe in fickle and easily misguided people to help carry out His plan by simply living their lives trying to reflect His love, grace and glory.

This is the fate of humanity. And it’s not so bad after all.

Help, O Lord, for the godly are fast disappearing!
 The faithful have vanished from the earth!
 Neighbors lie to each other,
 speaking with flattering lips and deceitful hearts. 
May the Lord cut off their flattering lips
 and silence their boastful tongues.
 They say, “We will lie to our hearts’ content.
 Our lips are our own—who can stop us?”

The Lord replies, “I have seen violence done to the helpless,
 and I have heard the groans of the poor.
 Now I will rise up to rescue them,
 as they have longed for me to do.” 
The Lord’s promises are pure,
 like silver refined in a furnace,
 purified seven times over. 
Therefore, Lord, we know you will protect the oppressed,
 preserving them forever from this lying generation,
even though the wicked strut about,
 and evil is praised throughout the land.

Psalm 12

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5 comments

  1. Andrew Schroeder

    willi. You remember how I ascribed to you my intentions of using at least three new words every time I write? Well I have one word that know is appropriate; recrudescence. It means breaking out into renewed activity, a revival in active existence. I definitely wish I could have come but even at home God still somehow taps into my buys life and teaches me, enlightens me. I feel that the word recrudescence accurately describes the affect Christ’s coming had on this world, and on me. Lately I have quasi seen some of the “Hollywood” life you spoke of above and I now understand why humanity is so profane. How utterly sickly it is. And, just like you, I have learned to despise it. But I have also learned to love it. I may not have gone to Los Angeles but I had some great adventures and revelations by spending time reading Les Miserbles. Through that book I have seen the double faced entity called humanity. For the one side I will use the word myopic. For the other I will use the word graced. You understand that I am a optimist. My optimism is not based on false realities and hopes. It is not based on the hope that luck will make order out of chaos. It is not based on providence. And it is not made by thoughts of my own hoping for a better world for my own comfort. My optimism is based on the knowledge that through Jesus we have hope. Hope for the admirable of man to extinguish the flame of all that is wicked. And although that can never happen until the coming of our Lord we can always uphold and the good over the wicked and through our actions allow it to remain in a state of supremacy. Thank you for posting this, you are well beyond your years in your knowledge, and I congratulate you on sharing your ideas and encouraging others through your writings.

  2. Jesus IS the answer for all humanity!!!
    Thanks Willi for sharing from your heart and reminding us all of the great hope we have in Jesus, our Savior!!
    I pray that you and the team will continue to see Jesus in everything you do and in every relationship you encounter. For He is always there, encouraging us to keep strong and fight the good fight as we are His hands and feet to a humanity that desperately needs Him.
    May God continue to Bless each of you as you all have been such a blessing to us! Thank you.

  3. Marti Vanderveen

    Thanks for your challenging thoughts on where is the hope, why hope? As I have heard it expressed “Jesus is the answer. Now, what is the question!” When Jesus is the answer things become much simpler , when we try to do it in our own understanding it becomes very complicated and hopeless. That lady in the wheelchair had it right, we can thrive in our faith anywhere when our faith is in Jesus.

    Welcome back team, I am so proud of all of you …you truly served as Followers of The King and He is declaring from heaven “well done good and faithful servants!” May you all continue to be transformed more & more into His likeness as you reflect on all the experiences of this faith adventure!

  4. I find your ability to take any concept and make it into something amazing truly incredible. Being able to express a strong view towards the world and then allow Jesus to work through you is an incredible gift. Don’t give it up.

  5. You are such a gift to those around you. Thank you Mr. Whiston.

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