How do we cope in a world of free will beings who so often choose to do evil? As one member of our community has frequently pointed out, we live in a world of serial killers, child abusers, tyrannical political leaders, prejudiced people, bigots, and all manner of unpleasant experiences. Rather than wishing to escape these problems, Jesus taught we have the power to "make the old world new". How do we do this?
With love. So, for example, we if hear about a serial killer in our neighborhood, rather than directing our energies toward quivering in a corner wallowing in feelings of helplessness and victimhood; we can choose to serve. Focus our attention on the children of those harmed by the evildoer. Exert energies in starting a fundraiser to support the young family; or bring hot meals to the emergency responders who help at the scene.
If, every time something bad happened in the world every single person chose to focus their energies on acts of love and service, rather than revenge, anger, and fear, I have no doubt we could bring Urantia a step or two closer to being settled in Light and Life. We cannot control what everybody does, but we can shine a light of our own.
In Jesus' farewell discourse to his apostles, he told them:
180:1.5 (1945.2) If you would share the Master’s joy, you must share his love. And to share his love means that you have shared his service. Such an experience of love does not deliver you from the difficulties of this world; it does not create a new world, but it most certainly does make the old world new.
Try not to worry about being alone in your efforts to bring light and life into any dark situation that concerns you. Remember:
195:5.12 (2076.3) As you view the world, remember that the black patches of evil which you see are shown against a white background of ultimate good. You do not view merely white patches of good which show up miserably against a black background of evil.
195:5.13 (2076.4) When there is so much good truth to publish and proclaim, why should men dwell so much upon the evil in the world just because it appears to be a fact? The beauties of the spiritual values of truth are more pleasurable and uplifting than is the phenomenon of evil.
What are your ideas for how we can engage in loving service to "make the old world new"?