According to a recent UN report, “Almost a quarter of a million children in parts of Nigeria’s Borno state formerly controlled by Boko Haram are suffering from severe malnutrition, the UN children’s agency says” (BBC, July 19, 2016). The report continues, “In areas where Boko Haram militants had been in control, it found people without water, food or sanitation. Last month, a charity said people fleeing Boko Haram had starved to death” (ibid.).
God warns nations at the end of the age, “Woe to the shepherds of Israel who feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flocks? You eat the fat and clothe yourselves… The weak you have not strengthened…” (Ezekiel 34:2-4). Although this passage of Scripture refers directly to the leaders of the Israelite-descended nations, this self-serving, power-hungry approach motivated by greed permeates our global society. We see it plainly in many militant groups and dictatorships. An increasing number of leaders and organizations today care more about themselves than about the people they rule over. Romans 8:19-21 reminds us that “the whole creation” cries out for Christ’s return and a time when His hand-picked leaders will rule over the earth with love and mercy—and that time is coming! For more about this incredible coming Kingdom of God, be sure to read The World Ahead: What Will It Be Like? This booklet will give you hope from God’s word in a world increasingly filled with despair.