Recently our attention was arrested by two songs; one posted on social media by country music icons Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, entitled, "It's All Going to Pot."  A sample of the lyrics:

"It's all going to pot,

Whether we like it or not.

The best I can tell, the world's gone to hell

And I'm sure gonna miss it a lot."


While we can't much disagree on the premise, all the same one can't help but marvel at the irony of the two lamenting the current state of affairs, while apparently oblivious to the role they played in bringing about this sorry outcome.  Both Haggard and Nelson routinely flouted the law, and displayed disregard and contempt for any standards of morality during their illustrious careers.  Now they grieve the end result of the very things they celebrated and promoted.  Their song paints a gloomy picture, indeed, and many share their sentiments.  Our world is undoubtedly in a downward spiral. 


However, this is no surprise to those who've studied the scriptures- this exact end was foretold by prophecy.  The silver lining in the cloudy picture is that saints of God are not citizens of this world.  Which brings to mind the other song:


"This world is not my home

I'm just a passing through

My treasures are laid up

Somewhere beyond the blue.

The angels beckon me

From Heaven's open door

And I can't feel at home in this world anymore."


This world is going down, indeed.  But thank God our hope is not in this world.  Paul said, "If in this life we had hope only, we would be of all men most miserable."  The only way to have that hope is to be in the church.  The church is the only thing that will survive the coming destruction.  To be in the church you must be born again.  Obey Acts 2:38. "Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."


Pastor Andrew Ritchey