A Darkening Future
When the light of the sun is gone, people are in darkness. Their only light is the light of the moon. Just as the moon reflects the light of the sun, giving enough light for us to not be totally lost in the dark, the light of the conscience shines in the hearts of every human being ever created, letting them distinguish between good and evil.
The conscience is a lesser light than that of the Word of God, but it still gives enough light that we do not need to stumble in the darkness.
Even over the past 1900 years of spiritual darkness,1 the light of the conscience has still shined in the hearts of the righteous and it led them to do the good they knew to do. In the darkest of times these righteous people did not compromise under the oppression that was upon them, and many suffered not to give way to injustice. They were prepared to live by and even die for what they knew was immovable in their conscience. At one time this immovable knowledge was commonly shared, just as the moon is seen by all on the earth.
But now this “moonlight” is waning. Once it was expected that people were living by their conscience and could be called to that standard. But now the standard of living by the conscience is slowly being erased and the righteous men and women of good and honest character are disappearing from the earth. The self-denial, suffering and discipline that produced good character in people is being replaced by selfishness, pleasure-seeking, and lives of careless ease. The voice of the conscience is more and more being suppressed by public opinion and education2 and strongly ridiculed by the media.
It seems that fewer and fewer people honor God or give thanks to Him, and so all the rest – who don’t honor or thank Him – become futile in their speculations. Their foolish hearts are darkened.3 Normal family order and respect for others is being replaced by what was prophesied in 2 Timothy 3:1-5,
But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power.
Children’s disobedience to their parents is one of the signs of the end times. There is a spiritual force at work in the world which is subtly swaying governments to take away the parents’ right to discipline their children. This means the children are losing the right to be raised by loving parents who give them boundaries. Is it any wonder that people are becoming more and more like the rest of the attributes described in 2 Timothy 3:1-5?
Proverbs 20:20 warns us that the light of those who do not respect their parents will go out in time of darkness. These are the times we are living in. Darkness is not just evil things happening more and more, but it is the lack of light needed to see or understand where we are going. Confusion is surely setting into our society. The voices that speak the loudest promoting the new moralities do not agree with the voice of their conscience that still speaks quietly to us in our hearts. After all, it is telling us that something is not right. It is becoming harder and harder to know what is right as so many other points of view are presented. It is very hard to believe in goodness, when the media attacks and tears down what you might have believed in.
- See the article Nightfall on our website. ↩
- To understand this process, you can simply compare the reading material presented in school curriculum. A school primer of 1900 contained stories of children helping their parents and of men and women laying down their lives to meet the challenges of forging a new country, of facing personal hardships and grief. Children were educated in stories of self-denial, loyalty, thankfulness and integrity. Even a passing glance at school reading material now reveals foolish funny stories, fantasy (as opposed to imagination), and cartoon-like pictures. ↩
- Romans 1:21 ↩