Staying Sane in These Crazy Times

There was a day when you dared to say, “Well, I’ve heard and seen every­thing now”; but then something totally unthinkable crossed your path. The headline is such a shocker that you cannot imagine such a thing. Such is the reality of the present day.

You’ll remember how Isaiah wrote these graphic words about Israel.

“Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them!

“And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts: but they regard not the work of the Lord, neither consider the operation of his hands. “Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowl­edge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.

“Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.

“And the mean man shall be brought down, and the mighty man shall be humbled, and the eyes of the lofty shall be humbled:

“But the Lord of hosts shall be exalted in judgment, and God that is holy shall be sanctified in righteous­ness.”

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

“Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!”—Isa. 5:11–16,20,21.

What an indictment! This ancient Scripture is about Israel, but it also paints a clear picture of what modern America has become. It seems crazy because it is. Such an abnormal situation is not in the least a sane condition, but it is now the character of our culture.

The challenge we face is “staying sane” in a crazy world. If we are careless, the crazy could over­whelm us and engulf us. It is a real and present danger.

So how do we