Therefore, this is what the Lord says: I am going to bring calamity upon them, and they will not escape. Though they beg for mercy, I will not listen to their cries. Jeremiah 11:11 (NLT)
As you can see in the above image, things are uptight in Chicago as NATO holds it’s summit in the Windy City. Airing grievances about war, climate change and other concerns, these people attempted to make their way to the McCormick Place where the summit was being held this past Sunday. NATO plans to discuss (or have discussed) the future of its occupation of Afghanistan, which is making things worse for that war-weary region.
In the meantime, we had a meeting of the G-8 nations at Camp David (Maryland) trying to keep afloat a leaky boat known as the global economy, plus try to keep Greece in the Eurozone. Oh by the way, try not to notice the storm-tossed waves of economic woes-debt crisis, austerity, unemployment, etc-about the boat!
Meanwhile, a year long uprising in Syria is tearing the country apart and heading it down the spiral of civil war, if not already. This uprising is spilling in to neighboring Lebanon while we speak.
By the way, don’t forget the abuse our parasitic species has done to Mother Earth. With all these earthquakes (one now in Italy) and unusual weather, don’t be surprised if Earth gives her own performance of Enough by fighting back at us.
We see people more restive, pessimistic, uglier…you name it. We see our culture trying to escape into fiction and fantasy instead of dealing with these problems while we can turn the heat down. Depression and other mental ills are on the rise as people try to cope. We’ve gone away from life-affirming activities to death-affirming activities (including addictive behavior).
Are we reaching the boiling point in our world? Will we get to the place that we’ll just burst under the pressure of all that’s going on? What happens when we just blow up? When calamity strikes us, and God-as He/She says in the above Scripture-pays us no mind and there’s no escape? When we find out that our leaders can’t do squat for us and We The People are left holding the (empty) bag? When protests get bigger and uglier as people get more and more tired? When wars turn whole regions of our globe into killing fields? When the environment becomes permanently altered (if not already), thus affecting our very survival? When we wake up one morning and realize that our toys, our money, even our churches cannot help us?
We’ll just blow up and lose it as a species. We’ll either collapse from the collective exhaustion and watch ourselves become a post-civilization chaotic world; or we’ll just have a nuclear exchange and finish ourselves (and nature) off in one blow. All I know it won’t be pretty at all.
Every day we don’t try to tackle our problems head-on in a painful, yet pragmatically progressive way we get closer to the boiling point. Every spin, lie, false or broken promise, every pink slip, every rejected resume, turned down sick person, every returning vet that falls through the cracks, every jive sermon preached, every weather/geological anomaly, all push us dangerously close.
Are we reaching the boiling point? I want to say “no” and pray I’m right. However, from what I see, we’re getting closer to it. And if we don’t do anything, as God said to Jeremiah, we’ll get our butts kicked by calamity and won’t be able to get away from it. And to make matters worse, God won’t come down to rescue us. The choice is ours and ours alone.