A mere glance at the human condition today suffices to tell us that all is not well with our world. Behind the veneer of technical glitz and glamour of much-touted progress lies the shameful and sad story of human suffering and degradation of the spirit.
The fast decline of moral values in our world is evident everywhere. Our mind is inundated by images of sleaze and slaughter, deceit, corruption and sorrow. Whether it’s the TV or the internet, there is enough being shown to make us bury our head in shame, if any shame is still left in humans.
The consequences are nerve-shattering and widespread. Never before in history have there been so many fragmented societies and families as we have today. Broken families, separated couples, single parents and the neglected elderly have become common features in most urban societies.
Nature has perhaps borne the biggest brunt of human follies. The earth is under siege. Air, water, land–nothing has escaped the toxic assault unleashed by harmful technologies and human activities. Ominous predictions about climate change and unprecedented natural calamities seem quite real now. The recent Uttarakhand disaster is a clear warning that nature has begun to take its revenge.
A psychological scan of the human world lays bare the overwhelming sense of fear and insecurity that we live in. Almost everyone everywhere is vulnerable to some kind of attack or mishap–disease, natural, political or economic disasters, accidents, terrorism, unemployment–there are so many things to make one insecure.
God’s role is always linked to bad times. He does not manifest Himself during good times. He always performs His tasks at the most critical time. He is invoked as the liberator, redeemer and saviour.