DEAR BILLY GRAHAM: What do you think is the greatest threat to world peace today? There are so many problems in the news that I can’t help but wonder if there’s much hope for the future. — S.J.
DEAR S.J.: You’re right that our world faces a host of problems today, any one of which could spin out of control and lead to war or economic ruin. I often think of Jesus’ warning concerning the dangers the world will face before he comes again: “You will hear of wars and rumors of wars … but the end is still to come” (Matthew 24:6).
But what is the greatest threat we face today? It’s the same one we’ve always faced: the human heart. In other words, our greatest danger is within ourselves, within our own hearts and minds. Go through any list of problems and threats we face today, and ask yourself where they came from. What is their ultimate source?
Your answer will always be the same: they came ultimately from the greed, lust and selfishness of the human heart. If we somehow could banish all greed, or end every craving for power, or eliminate all hatred and lust for revenge, then peace would reign. But since the beginning, these have been with us, and they always will be. The Bible puts it this way: “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?” (James 4:1).
Only God can tame the selfishness and greed of our hearts, and he will, as we commit our lives to Jesus Christ and ask him to transform us from within. Has this happened in your life? Commit your life to Christ, and then ask him to help you live for him, until he returns in glory to bring true peace.
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