“But understand this, that in the last days will come (set in) perilous times of great stress and trouble [hard to deal with and hard to bear]. For people will be lovers of self and [utterly] self-centered, lovers of money and aroused by an inordinate [greedy] desire for wealth, proud and arrogant and contemptuous boasters. They will be abusive (blasphemous, scoffing), disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane.
[They will be] without natural [human] affection (callous and inhuman), relentless (admitting of no truce or appeasement); [they will be] slanderers (false accusers, troublemakers), intemperate and loose in morals and conduct, uncontrolled and fierce, haters of good. [They will be] treacherous [betrayers], rash [and] inflated with self-conceit.
[They will be] lovers of sensual pleasures and vain amusements more than and rather than lovers of God. For though they hold a form of piety (true religion), they deny and reject and are strangers to the power of it [their conduct belies the genuineness of their profession]. Avoid [all] such people [turn away from them].” (II Timothy 3:1-5)
Indeed we seem to be living in the last days. Just scrolling through Facebook every day, we see horrible stories of the very things written in this passage. Love is leaving the world at a rapid pace. Fear is everywhere. As Americans our enemies are emboldened to attack us because our leaders are weak and epitomize these scriptures. As Christians, we are the last stop for the love of God to be shown in this world. And because this world is so dark, our lights must shine all the brighter to help people find their way out of the darkness. How can we change the world? Loving one person at the time with the love of God, which conquers all evil…let your light shine beloved!