I look at what Man has accomplished. How he has established law, regulation, procedure, and expectations, to force love upon the people for one another. What I see is that punishment is the motivator. Look with truth and you will see it also.
If you do what is evil the law will come and take from you. If you contribute according to the law of the land you will reap what they say is great benefit.
I see how they encourage one another to do good works. But again, the motivator is gain or severe loss.
Every day, every man wakes knowing that if he does not do what is expected he will lose horribly. This is not the gospel of Christ. It is the so-called good news of Man.
This good news of Man is dependent on the resources available. There’s only so much money in the world. There’s only so much food. Politics restrains the gain for all. And the vast majority find themselves suffering loss as the sun goes down on each day. Even the so-called winners are exhausted from their efforts. And there’s no need to itemize the broken families the come from the so-called good news.
In this good news of Man greed must be honed to a fine edge. Look at the advent of training and implements that has been made available to help. In all these things, the motivation for adherence comes from outside the man.
You know what’s funny? With all this trust toward the ability of Man to create peace, the world is no better off.
What does God say? “14 . . . if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 chronicles 7) This Promise of God does not present itself as a manipulation. It’s the offer of free and complete help.
Take note of how God strips the strength of greed. In its place he only requires humility.
This is no empty promise. But who will take up the mantle and respond?