The reality and failure of human revolutions. Our world is subject to the effects of human depravity, leading always to sorrow caused by evil, suffering, want, wrongs, failure, illness and death. Against these calamities of humanity, politicians and would-be patriots flatter the people with a claim of the basic goodness of humanity and call for human revolution, led and inspired by them. The solutions are no better than the character of the solution-givers, which in many nations has meant still worse enslavement and loss. The solutions inevitably call for the ending of power of some and the empowerment of others, presumably in the best interests of society. The new authorities use their hard-won powers to convince the majority that the promises are being fulfilled. Often, deceitful propaganda of “success” is often accompanied by dictatorial control to safeguard the unjust results of the revolution, with its unmentioned and hidden failures, and to avert the rise of any competing human-based revolution. A utopia is promised for those who will concede authority and follow, but a hell on earth is more often the result. Human revolution hates, kills, steals and arbitrarily controls for the supposed cause of “justice” for the majority, but inevitably results in fully deserved consequences for its attitudes and actions. The leaders of such revolutions, if successful, commonly replace the oligarchs of the earlier system and become the wealthy masters of society. These are the demonstrations and lessons of history.
Every true church of Jesus Christ on the earth is a “retailer” of the gospel, laboring to get the message of Christ to the host of families and individuals that surround it. It not only reaches out to the community, but most churches have a “store,” a church building, where the gospel is carefully taught and preached to those who will come. To make our “stores” prosper is usually a difficult and challenging task and requires great energy and personal resources.
Jesus told us to go everywhere making disciples, baptizing them and training them to obey him fully. This is His simple strategy for winning the world, our nation and our community. But what can we do when “nobody seems interested” in being made a disciple? It appears, more than ever, that people are not interested in the Bible or in the Good News of Jesus Christ. This is true of many Americans and it is certainly true of the people in many different nations of the world today. Is there no answer to these closed doors? How can we make disciples of those who are not at all interested?.