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Billy Graham: If God Is Good, Why Aren’t Things in the World Getting Better?

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NEW YORK - JUNE 25: Rev. Billy Graham gestures as he preaches at his crusade on June 25, 2005 in Flushing, New York.

Billy Graham just answered a question that a lot of Christians struggle with, “If God is good and in control, why aren’t things in the world getting better?”

It’s easy to look at the landscape of current events (increasing terrorist attacks, political scandal, devastating natural disasters, etc.) and wonder if anything is ever going to get better. Why aren’t our efforts to bring about peace and security making a noticeable difference?

Billy Graham responds to this common question by first reminding us the Bible does give us hope for a better world. It’s hard to even wrap our minds around the “perfect justice and harmony” that Jesus Christ will bring when he returns, but it is coming.

However, peace won’t come as a result of our own efforts, “no matter how hard we try.” Graham explains further, pointing to Mark 7:21-22: “For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.” If we cannot even save ourselves, how can we expect to save the world from our own wickedness?

Graham explains that change is something only God can bring about. “Only God can change our hearts, and He made this possible by sending Jesus Christ into the world to forgive us and transform us.”

Because God is our only hope, we shouldn’t rely on things like technology and medical science. We can be grateful for the progress we’ve made in these areas, but they will not save us. Graham reminds us, “How often have we turned something that could be good into something evil? In spite of our educational and scientific advances, wars and conflicts continue to ravage the world.”

True to form, Billy Graham boils the answer down for us: Jesus is the only hope. He’s the only solution.

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