I thought of all these things this past week when I heard Hugo Chavez's statements about capitalism falling. I'm sure he's fairly gleeful himself.
My latest Bible reading is in Judges. This is a hard book with disturbing images, graphically brutal and violent. I have many questions so Dave directed me to a commentary which has been quite helpful.
Who would have predicted the changes in the Soviet Union a decade ago [this commentary was published in 1991]? It seems likely that we have only begun to witness the social, economic, and political upheaval which, under glasnost and perestroika, must inevitably multiply. Yet for decades the Marxist system seemed an impregnable fortress. What we failed to realize was that it had the seeds of its own decline already planted in its atheistic philosophy. The same was true of Hitler's Nazi Germany earlier in the twentieth century. And the same is true of our western materialism, on both sides of the Atlantic, in so far as our headlong pursuit of wealth and pleasure sets us in opposition to the living God.The God who raised up Midian, in order to discipline his people Israel, still rules the world for the good of his church. That does not mean a cosy, comfortable existence is guaranteed, as both Scripture and history bear witness.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.