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Nations in Disorder – From Where Shall Help Come?

  1. Nations in Disorder – From Where Shall Help Come?
  2. Why God’s Laws Are the Only Protection from Tyranny
  3. What the Most BEAUTIFUL PSALM Teaches About A Flourishing Life
  4. God’s PERFECT LAW: Hope for the Human Race
  5. ONE LAW That Revives the Soul
  6. Gaining Wisdom in a World of Folly
  7. Precepts: The Unlikely Path to Joy
  8. Find the COMMANDS that Give LIGHT
  9. The Intimate FEAR that Promotes a PURE LIFE
  11. A Human That Doesn’t Thrive is Like a Fruit Tree That Doesn’t Bear

nations of the world in disorder todayWatching the nations, it hardly needs mentioning that we live in disturbing times. The ground is shifting beneath our feet. Headlines reveal the fast pace and multi-dimensional nature of this change.

  • The Arab world is being radicalized by Jihadi violence in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America.
  • The world economy is languishing; wealthy European nations crouch at the edge of bankruptcy.
  • Europe roils with violence, some of it anti-Semitic, some local, some home-grown Jihadi, and some from the rise of neo-Nazis.

If this were not enough we are witnessing an expansion of global slave trade for both economic and sexual purposes. Gendercide has bereft the world of 200,000,000 women. They are gone. The strength of their maternal hearts and creative spirits are lost to their societies.

In China, after a generation of the one-child policy and parental preference for boys, 35,000,000  men of marital age have no prospects of marriage. What are the social implications for the nation? India is killing 1,000,000  females every year. What consequences, social and economic, will ensue?

Moral and cultural relativism have robbed whole societies of their national identity. What reason do they have for continued existence? Indeed, anti-natal movements in 80 nations have reaped a dark harvest: their birthrates have fallen below 2.1 children per women, the threshold for maintaining a population. Eighty nations are committing cultural suicide. Of these, 18 are below 1.3 children per women. No nation has survived such a low birth rate.

Here’s another global concern: the spread of corruption. On the Corruption Perceptions Index compiled by Transparency International, the number of nations with high scores (low corruption) has never been large, and it continues to diminish. Growing injustice breeds mounting lawlessness, both personal and governmental. The United States, for example, is multiplying prisons, hiring more and more policemen and lawyers trying to cope with the growing culture of lawlessness. And this lawlessness is now modeled in the highest places of the US federal government.

We are witnessing the natural conclusion of Nietzsche’s proclamation of the Death of God. His declaration in the nineteenth century, combined with the rise of Darwinian natural and social science, promoted a Culture of Death in the twentieth century. This has led to the Death of Man in the twenty-first century. Western societies celebrate the growing number of abortions, 40-50,000,000 globally each year. We tolerate infanticide; unwanted children are being killed after being born alive. At the other end of life pressure is growing to eliminate older citizens who have no hope of  making any further economic contribution to society. Some are arguing for regulating the birth rates of families if not actually eliminating human beings from the planet.

There is growing disorder in our societies across the spectrum of the human community.  At one end of the scale, both the notion of family and the very formation of families are suffering from neglect and attack. At the other end, actual nation states such as Somalia and Afghanistan are imploding.

Order is the first need of any society. Where will the order come from?

Over the next few weeks we will see how Psalm 19 answers that question.

–          Darrow Miller

This post is first in a series of ten on Psalm 19.

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Darrow is co-founder of the Disciple Nations Alliance and a featured author and teacher. For over 30 years, Darrow has been a popular conference speaker on topics that include Christianity and culture, apologetics, worldview, poverty, and the dignity of women. From 1981 to 2007 Darrow served with Food for the Hungry International (now FH association), and from 1994 as Vice President. Before joining FH, Darrow spent three years on staff at L’Abri Fellowship in Switzerland where he was discipled by Francis Schaeffer. He also served as a student pastor at Northern Arizona University and two years as a pastor of Sherman Street Fellowship in urban Denver, CO. In addition to earning his Master’s degree in Adult Education from Arizona State University, Darrow pursued graduate studies in philosophy, theology, Christian apologetics, biblical studies, and missions in the United States, Israel, and Switzerland. Darrow has authored numerous studies, articles, Bible studies and books, including Discipling Nations: The Power of Truth to Transform Culture (YWAM Publishing, 1998), Nurturing the Nations: Reclaiming the Dignity of Women for Building Healthy Cultures (InterVarsity Press, 2008), LifeWork: A Biblical Theology for What You Do Every Day (YWAM, 2009), Rethinking Social Justice: Restoring Biblical Compassion (YWAM, 2015), and more. These resources along with links to free e-books, podcasts, online training programs and more can be found at Disciple Nations Alliance (https://disciplenations.org).


  1. Alice Brewster

    July 25, 2013 - 8:47 pm

    Well, that was certainly depressing on a worldwide scale but I refuse to be discouraged. How do we counter such evil? One way, I believe, is to be fruitful and multiply ourselves. We as Christians for many years swallowed the lie that there are too many people on this planet and it cannot sustain them all. We know that this is not true. I won’t go into all that but just say that we are doing our part. We had 3 children who are all married and we now have 6 grandchildren and our daughters are not finished yet. All 3 of our children have very positive attitudes about the family. It will, indeed, be a battle for the next generation but every Christian needs to do their part. One child, no child, “pets are our children” , are all detrimental to the family.

    • admin

      July 26, 2013 - 4:17 pm

      Hi, Alice

      Thanks for your comment. It is “certainly depressing.” Perhaps we should have mentioned that this was the first in a series of posts exploring how “the law of the Lord” as revealed in the beautiful Psalm 19 is the antidote for this kind of evil and brokenness. Order in society, and personal and national flourishing are a product of living within the circle of God’s created order. The next post, “Why God’s Laws Are The Only Protection Against Tyranny” will begin to answer your question.

      Alice, thank you for your faithful reading and responding to our musings.