Looking for an interesting survey? Find out how they respond to, “How are you doing today?” You’ll find almost everyone responds, “Good,” or something like that. You would then assume that everything is OK. But, is it? Here’s a sampling of US statistics that I pulled this morning.
- Anxiety 18%
- Depression 10%
- Alcohol Abuse 26%
- Marijuana Use 7%
- Social Media 2 hours/day
- Screen Time 7 hours/day
- Obesity 42%
- Emotional Overspending 49%
- Divorced 50%
- Single-Parent 26%
Add to that any other statistics you want. Can we honestly say that everything is OK? I don’t think so, yet you wouldn’t know it by asking someone.
Another Good Question
This brings up another good question. Why do people lie when you ask them how they are doing? According to an article by National Geographic, about half of all adults lie EVERY DAY! In fact, 10% tell more than five lies a day. It’s incredible. I’ve written about this article a couple times before.
The truth of the matter, and I’m not lying, is that there is only one who is truthful all the time. The bible is clear, “it is impossible for God to lie.” (Hebrews 6:18) God’s word is good. His promises? They will happen. For sure.
What are his promises? You can boil it all down to two. First, there will be a day of judgment resulting in the eternal torment in the lake of fire for all whose names are not written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. (Revelation 20:15) Second, the only way to escape this judgment is by faith in Jesus Christ.
And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. Acts 4:12
Is Everything OK?
Is everything OK? No, everything is not OK. We’re a nervous, depressed wreck, desperately trying to make ourselves feel better by medication, booze, dope, sex, social media, eating, spending, and whatever else you can think of, all while denying our only source of life. The things we use to try to feel better are death. Life is in Jesus. In Jesus, alone.
But you won’t find him unless you are willing to recognize your sin and be willing to abandon it all – for Him.
And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God. John 3:19-21
Everything is OK? No, it’s not, but it could be.