Do you find that lawlessness is causing your love to grow cold in these last days?
Or are you showing love and compassion to your fellow men?
The Love Of Many Will Grow Cold
is a heartbreaking statement in the ‘Olivet Discourse’ of our Lord (Mk.
13:3). We find extremely difficult to gulp it down and we wonder how
true are His words in today’s world scenario? The purpose of the
discourse is to warn the disciples of the dangers that lie ahead:
persecutions, false prophets and messiahs, rumors of wars and wars,
natural calamities and catastrophes of various magnitudes.
growth of coldness in love is something cosmic – continent to
continent, nation to nation, tribe to tribe and family to family. This
spiritual cold wave, now swept over the face of the earth is something
concomitant to the ‘increase of lawlessness’ in the world. Mathean
usage of the verb psucho (blow cold) in the passive voice indicates an
act of cooling by blowing.
Neither Hot nor Cold
aspect of the cold wave manifests itself in a life of lukewarmness –
neither enthusiastic nor tepid. The Church in Laodicea once fervent
fell into this trap of tepidity. “I know your works: you are neither
cold nor hot. Would that you were cold or hot! So, because you are
lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth.
For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing; not
knowing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked” (Rev.
lived a type of cogitative vegetative life of comfort and ease. “Cursed
is he who does the work of the Lord with slackness” (Jer 48:10). The
‘slothful servant’ received a harsher punishment (Mt. 25:26).
Increase of Lawlessness
is a ‘mystery’ according to St. Paul. None can totally comprehend the
mystery of evil in this world. “The mystery of lawlessness is already
at work” (2 Thess 2:7). How can a good God allow it happen? Why does
the just suffer? This inscrutable mystery is closely related to ‘the
man of lawlessness’ and ‘the son of destruction’ (2 Thess 2:3).
Paul forewarns about the distressing signs of the last days. “People
will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, arrogant,
abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, inhuman,
implacable, slanderers, profligates, brutes, haters of good,
treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather
than lovers of God, holding to the outward form of religion but denying
its power. Avoid them!” (2 Tim 3:2-5).
a long list of twenty traits, what horrifies the reader is the use of
some of the strongest expressions like, the ‘inhuman’ and the ‘brutes’
or the ‘savage’, who are wild in their behaviors. The Greek term
astorgoi implies the heartless ones, bereft of any human affection.
Similarly anemeroi denotes the untamed animals, irrational and
unreasonable in their behaviors.
and restoration would be preceded by a period of unprecedented
spiritual and moral chaos, and rampant religious apostasy, where the
tyranny of relativism raises its ugly head; and nobody can say anything
to anyone (2 Tim 2:1-12).
should be dissatisfied with anything material. Why? Our hearts are
created for God and it cannot rest in anywhere in creation or among the
creatures, but in God alone. The religious indifference would be
manifested in coldness in things related to God and the supernatural.
In fact, some would be allergic to it and they ‘switch off’ their ears
to any mention of it. What do they want? Shall we play the flute? Will
you dance? No. Shall we play the dirges? Will you cry? No. They are
like children sitting in the supermarket dissatisfied with anything in
life (Mt. 11:16-17).
Hardening of Heart
of the hearts become hardened as it happened to Pharaoh, in spite of
the fact that he witnessed numerous portents and signs performed by
Moses. Some hearts will ‘grow faint’ with fear of the evil reports (in
the mass-media). Still other hearts will be ‘weighed down’ with
dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life.
mystery of the ‘hardening’ of the heart of Israel until the full number
of the gentiles coming in remains incomprehensible. As regards the
Gospel, many Christians today are ‘enemies of God’ (Rom. 11:28).
this juncture of history, what is required of believer is endurance,
which alone will save him. A faithful disciple of Christ must bear
witness against the godless nation, with heroic courage and
perseverance. The gospel
of the Kingdom must be preached throughout the whole world; and then
the end will come, when the Spirit and the Bride say, “Come, Come Lord
Jesus” (Rev. 22:17, 20).