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As in the Days of Noah

For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.”  Mat 24:37

I came across this quote by John Stott, who was an English Christian leader and Anglican cleric noted as a leader of the worldwide Evangelical movement.

Much that we take for granted in a civilized society is based upon the assumption of human sin. Nearly all legislation has grown up because human beings cannot be trusted to settle their own disputes with justice and without self-interest. A promise is not enough; we need a contract. Doors are not enough; we have to lock and bolt them. The payment of fares is not enough; tickets have to be issued, inspected and collected. Law and order are not enough; we need the police to enforce them. All this is due to man’s sin. We cannot trust each other. We need protection against one another. It is a terrible indictment of human nature.”

This quote lays out exactly the heart of unregenerate man as stated in the scriptures.  Jeremiah wrote, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” Jer 17:9  From the time man sinned in the garden, he has continued falling further and further away from the God who created him, ending up in a world where God actually regretted making man.  It says in Genesis 6, “The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”  Gen 6:5  It was so bad that God found only one man, along with his family, whose heart was toward Him.  Everyone on the face of the earth, except Noah and his family, were destroyed by a flood on account of the wickedness that was prevalent in the world.  And Jesus said in the Sermon on the Mount, that in the last days, just before the coming of Christ, it would be like the days of Noah prior to the flood.

So, was Jesus speaking of this time period?  Is unregenerate man today the same as those in the days of Noah?  If we are not there now, we are definitely heading quickly in that direction.  Now, before I continue, I want to give this caveat.  I am not saying that all unsaved individuals exhibit these characteristics.  I am looking at the group as a whole.  Therefore, see this as a conglomerate of all unsaved people.  I believe that man is becoming more evil as time goes on.  He is becoming increasingly narcissistic, doing things that are best for himself, often with no thought about the consequences on others.  It used to be that children were safe walking the streets of their neighborhoods, however, children are now targets for people desiring to sell them for nefarious purposes.   More people than ever are killing innocent bystanders, the Connecticut school shooting and the Boston Marathon bombing are just a few examples.  The number of abortions performed each year is increasing, and the stigma behind killing the unborn is basically gone.  Many sins that once were taboo are now considered mainstream.  Moreover, when it comes to contemporary television and movies, not much is left to our imaginations anymore.  We live in a world where the absence of morals, compassion and plain old decency is becoming the norm.

There is so much more I could add to the above list.  However, I believe my point has been made.  And the more the world moves into the darkness, it becomes more incumbent on us who are True Believers, to be the light on a hill mentioned in Matthew 5.  We need to show them that we are different.  That we are the Noah’s of this generation.  Noah did everything God told him to do, and for at least 120 years, was a witness to his contemporaries.  And he never compromised.  And it is imperative that we never compromise either.  If our friends, whether they claim to be Christian or not, are discussing things of an improper nature, we must not join in or we compromise.  If they take supplies home from the company for personal use, we must not take anything ourselves or we compromise.  We must not talk about others behind their back in a negative light, for that is gossip, and is compromise.  We do not need to do the things in the previous paragraph to darken the light that is to shine forth.  All we need to do is show the world we say one thing and do another, or do something contrary to the Word we claim to follow, and our light to the world dims.  Yes, modern man is becoming much like the people of Noah’s days.  And it is important that we live our lives as Noah and his family, who’s hearts were focused on God and His Will.   We must not compromise, or we are no better than the unsaved.

The world system is totally against the things of God.  And the closer we get to the end, the worse things will get.  We see this everywhere we look.  It is important that we keep in His Word, prayer, and fellowship with God in order to resist the temptation to conform to the world’s ways.  We are called to be salt and light, to show the world the truth, compelling them to enter into His salvation.  We are called to counter the wickedness that is quickly growing and becoming more of a factor in every part of our society.  We are called to stand true in the face of any adversity, and never conform to the ways of this culture.  Remember, we are in the world, but not OF the world.  We must be cognizant of what we are doing at all times, and when we find ourselves falling short, we must cry out and repent.  Then our light will shine bright again.  So, it is as in the days of Noah.  The unbelieving world is racing toward the darkness, and the True Believers, just like Noah who lived a holy life before a watching world, should be pointing to the one way of escape from the coming destruction; the wooden Ark back then, and today the living Ark, that being Christ.

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  1. May 2nd, 2013 at 01:17 | #1

    Amen! Great post. When I think of Noah and how wicked his generation was – so wicked that God had to destroy them – and then look at where we are today, I wonder how much more wicked we will get to incur God's wrath. I think the wickedness of this world is horrible. I can't stand it, yet it is going to get much worse and that is not something that I'm looking forward to. People need to get in the Ark (of Jesus) before it's too late.

    • WilliamHF
      May 6th, 2013 at 19:24 | #2

      Amen, Laura. As the old saying goes. "We ain't seen nothing yet." And like you, I do not look forward to it. But we must still shine our light bright into the darkness. Thank you for the kind words, I appreciate your encouragement.

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