Friday, May 30, 2014

Violator--Waiting for the Night to Fall

I'm waiting for the night to fall
I know that it will save us all
When everything's dark
Keeps us from the stark reality

I'm waiting for the night to fall
When everything is bearable 
And there in the still
All that you feel is tranquility  

If you recognize the title or the words that open this post, then I'm sure you know who Depeche Mode is.  If not, shame on you.  Just kidding.  Depeche Mode is one of my favorite bands musically and their 1990 album Violator, is one of the best albums of all-time.  From beginning to end all the songs are first rate.

For a couple of minutes tonight I stepped outside and noticed how dark and cool it felt.  The silence was unnerving given my state of mind which is why you see the opening lyrics to the song "Waiting for the Night to Fall" from the album....Violator.  There are those who disagree and say "Music for the Masses" or "Songs of Faith and Devotion" is their best work (wrong), but it's their choice.  Still wrong.  

Moving on.  

There has been a cosmic shift in the very fabric of the American culture these past few years.  We have become a dark and brooding people.  Many towns and cities are experiencing a substantial rise in crime.  Gangs and drugs have permeated many areas of the country and are rising in number everyday.  
Dark days are on the horizon for many nations on the earth.  The Middle East is a constant hotbed of fighting and turmoil.  China is now being seen as a future global threat.  Russia still clings to its communist past and is pushing for more power outside of their own region. North and South Korea are on edge about each other and who knows when that will ' hit the fan'.  No nation, big or small, is exempt from the soon coming worldwide calamity.  
The prophet Isaiah says (60:2a) "For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people;"

Unlike the words in the opening verse "darkness will not keep us from the stark reality" of the world around us. The darkness will magnify the world surrounding us.  Evil comes out in the night but, the days are fast approaching where even daylight hours will be as the night because of rampant sin and immorality and crime and whatever perversion mankind can and will come up with to fulfill the lusts of their flesh.  Who can withstand it?

The rest of Isaiah 60:2 says "but the LORD will rise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you."
Only those who have made Jesus Christ their personal Lord and Saviour can withstand it.
That is the ONLY hope we have....J E S U S.  
Looking at the social, political and economic history of the world, our current situation differs slightly from that of times past...we have more of it all at once.  Whether it be the United States, the European Union, Russia, Canada, China or Japan we are all being affected by the darkness within the souls of men.  
I shutter to think what will happen when the hand of God is removed and their is no restraint to evil?  Not everything will be bearable and their will certainly be no tranquility.