The fumbling bumbling Peter, of the Twelve Apostles, wrote this at the end of his first epistle –
Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
— 1 Peter 5:8b [context vv. 6-10]
Only a blind, deaf-mute would not notice that something sinister is roaming about, seeking its prey … yet, gazing upon the devastation current devastation to our peace and sanctity, one would think even the challenged must sense its presence.
Whatever this “something” is, it’s a fat rogue of a creature, all covered in soft wool, blinding like snow in the noon sun; but like Red’s wolf, its blood dripping fangs betray it to the vigilant and discerning.
Victims abound, so even in Dust Bowl times its gullet is full – though not filled, its belly round – though not jovial. Princes and governments grovel at its feet; tycoons and leaders swoon at the sound of its name.
Whole generations are dying off, once great nations stumble, the prurient and wicked rise up out of the flares of Gehenna’s outburst. Principles once held sacred by our ancestors we flick aside like an errant ant on society’s sleeve.
Virtues once taught inside the vaulted marble walls of the world’s Universities are now shunned by the Kindergarten teacher as irrelevant. Instead, every atom of man’s intellect is taught as inspired orthodoxy.
Like so many Van Winkles, vast populations slumber … all seem unaware the sky is falling or that Hans Brinker is a no-show at the dike of man’s doom. Their handlers ignore their muffled snores, grateful for their wards’ chronic narcolepsy.
All, in dreaminess and reverie, are chasing a cottontail down the rabbit hole into oblivion, unmindful of their destination … believing, quite sincerely, that their view is the only rational and reasonable view of our lives and times. They are chasing after a rainbow and expect to hold the world in their hand … and if not in their hand then in their pocket.
The Bible sums up “all that is in the world” in three categories: “the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life.” [1 John 2:16 ]
One social scientist inadvertently corroborated the Scriptures in his reconstruction of the development of American and British scandals:
We’ve seen enough of these to last a lifetime … but more and worse are coming.
Evil in drag rears its ugly head and the multitudes roar with approval, not realizing the beast from Hell will devour its enemies first and then, when done, it will come for its friends. And the last idiot sacrificed on its tongue will exclaim, “Kooooolllll!” Such is the path we are on.