According to the “Doomsday Clock” we are only 100 “seconds” from the “midnight” of apocalyptic doom.
This is not the pronouncement of a wild-eyed fortuneteller, crazed would-be prophet, or frenzied alarmist, but a worldwide conglomerate of scientists and policymakers. They assemble annually to assess global threats and fragility, and endurance limits for the planet, its inhabitants, their societies, and civilizations.
The vehicle by which the experts reveal their carefully reasoned estimate of the approach of “Doomsday” is the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists (BAS). On January 27 BAS announced its findings virtually (ironically, due to COVID, one of the threat-accelerators that hasten the tick-tocks to annihilation).
The BAS experts tell us that we are closer to the end than at any point since the “clock” was presented in 1947. This is only the second time the “clock” has been this close to the midnight of global extermination.
“With wide-spread mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic... little progress in eliminating nuclear weapons; and insufficient mitigation of destructive climate change, the BAS decided to hold the clock at the present, perilous time, and a warning and ‘wake-up call,’” declared the BAS.
However, the “wake-up call” urgently needed is not for more Woke-ness, social activism, or government regulation, but spiritual awakening.
Even an agnostic sees this. Charles Murray, who has written extensively on the dangers of secularism, told a National Review interviewer that he thinks the American Republic cannot continue without a Great Awakening like those impactful spiritual movements that preceded the original founding. At the very least, Murray thinks there must be “a revival of the religious values that the Founders depended on to undergird their experiment.”
Years ago, after I left politics and government to become a pastor, occasionally someone would exhort me to go back and live in the “real world.” However, the “world” I had left was itself not one that faced reality. It smirked at the idea of humanity’s fall into evil, and the actuality of sin. “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 32:23) was derided as fantasized myth.
The “real world” faces the terrible fact of sin and the urgent need to do something about it. The atonement of Christ, the redemption of grace, and the possibility of repentance comprise the solution.
That is the real world.
It is also the reason the “Doomsday Clock” does not go backward, but forward toward destruction.
Humanity’s fall into sin brings on spiritual entropy. Not only is the physical universe snared in the vortex of the entropic plunge, but so is the spiritual cosmos. The Apostle Paul writes, in Romans 8:21 (NLT), that ...