Roly Houghton, a New Zealand spiritual father, passed away this week at the age of ninety-two. I lived with him and his family in Auckland in 1972-73 while seeking God’s will for my life. He was a man of God’s Word–distributing Bibles to every home in NZ. He also served in leadership with Open Doors, including smuggling Bibles into China and other nations where they were in short supply.
Because he loved and trusted the Scriptures, Roly shared a big view of the world and God’s Kingdom purposes. I dedicate this annual “View of the World” to his memory and influence. He taught me to see things through the “eyes of God.”
Here’s my view of the world in 2022.
My View of the World 2022
From a big picture point of view, here’s what I see in the 21st century after Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Sadly, we are witnessing the greatest turning away from God (numerically) in human history –primarily in different portions of the Western World. One writer believes that The West is Burning Down Before Our Eyes.
Happily, we are also seeing the greatest turning to Christ the world has ever experienced–primarily south of the equator and in the Middle and Far East. This latter subject is the focus of my book The Fourth Wave: Taking Your Place in the New Era of Missions.
These two opposites remind us of Jesus’ famous parable of the wheat and the weeds:
The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the weeds also appeared. So, the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the weeds you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the weeds and bind them in bundles to burn them but gather the wheat into my barn”’ (Matthew 13:24-30).
Notice the phrase “let both grow together.” That continues to happen in 2022. We live in the best of times and the worst of times–maybe in all human history. Sin and salvation. Judgment and mercy. Weeds and wheat. We are seeing an explosion of both good and evil in the 21st century.
The China virus, unleashed two years ago by unseen demonic forces (the world’s truest conspiracy), has softened us to increasingly accept tyrannical leadership and a coming world government. Though we never quarantined well folks before, today’s elites convinced us to lockdown our economies, pick and choose “essential” services, wear masks, and obey their edicts. Now vaccine mandates and Covid-omicron hysteria are causing riots in numerous countries.
We should view this increased government control as a diabolical “Reset” for globalization (no more nation-states). The Bible calls it the tyranny of an inevitable one world government (Revelation 13 & 17).
President Harry Truman warned us two generations ago that turning away from God and the Bible brings tyranny:
“The fundamental basis of this nation’s law was given to Moses on the Mount. The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings which we get from Exodus and St. Matthew, from Isaiah and St. Paul. . .If we don’t have the proper fundamental moral background, we will finally wind up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the State.”
Since America remains the leading beacon of freedom on earth, totalitarians work tirelessly to destroy or diminish the USA. Donald Trump’s election in 2016 brought a temporary halt to globalist ambitions through a renewal of religious liberty, a revived the American economy, and a short halt to porous borders.
But the new American Axis of Evil (Democrat Party/Secular Media/Deep State bureaucrats) succeeded in winning the 2020 presidential election through questionable means. We may not know the details until eternity–though we understand that Mark Zuckerberg money played a major role in “ballot harvesting” in many swing states.
The Biden administration’s first year in office has accelerated America’s demise through a war of fossil fuels, vast inflationary spending, re-opening the border to two million illegal aliens in the past year, and a litany of secular-progressive causes.
On the positive side, the corruption, ineptitude and anti-American policies of the current administration are beginning to awaken the America public. Virginia voted in a slate of freedom-loving leaders. Parents are mobilizing across the nation to fight gender confusion and Critical Race Theory (the new racism) in the schools.
And the 2022 Congressional elections look like a bloodbath for the Democratic Party with a possible loss of the White House in 2024.
Some believe the “tide is turning.”
For this we work and ask God for a heaven-sent revival.
If we don’t see it, the onslaught of evil will continue. We don’t know when the prophesied one world government will emerge–soon, one hundred or one thousand years from now. But if it’s imminent, it could be Marxist in nature (just like the Black Lives Matter Global Foundation) and probably led by China–after an inflation-produced economic global collapse.
If the world locked down and turned to “experts” in 2020-21, can you imagine the call for global governance the day the dollar dies?
It should thrill our hearts that for the past forty years God has been pouring out His Spirit on Africa, Latin America, and parts on Asia with hundreds of millions coming to faith in Christ. More born-again followers of Jesus live out their faith in Africa and China than in Europe or the United States. The southern hemisphere now boasts more Christians than the north.
That great harvest may increase by billions of people in coming years.
It’s also possible that American believers and patriots will awaken and elect good leaders in government in 2022 in response to reckless progressive rule. A full-blown revival of the Church could sweep new leadership into office in 2024–and even multiply global awakening.
It happened in a smaller nation two generations ago.
When I met Roly Houghton in the fall of 1972, New Zealand was experiencing spiritual renewal through united prayer, nation-wide Bible distribution, vibrant, growing churches, and global missions outreach. I caught their passion, joined YWAM, and came home to help “revive America.”
That’s been my life pursuit.
Here’s what it may take in 2022.
On July 2, 1776, John Adams wrote two letters to his wife, Abigail. In the first he opined:
“It may be the will of heaven that America shall suffer calamities…still more dreadful. [But] it will have this good effect: it will inspire us with many virtues which we have not, and correct many vices which threaten to disturb, dishonor and destroy us…The furnace of affliction produces refinements in states as well as individuals.”
And the second:
“I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost to maintain this Declaration and support and defend these States. Yet through all the gloom I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is worth more than all the means.”
May we rise to that vision and challenge in 2022.
I hope you prayed for the Dobbs v. Jackson abortion case that was argued today before the U.S. Supreme Court. After fifty years of the greatest holocaust in human history, this Mississippi appeal provides an opportunity to limit abortions in our nation or possibly reverse Roe v. Wade.
The decision will not be announced until June 2022, but between now and then we must intercede for our justices to do right according to the U.S. Constitution, the laws of God, and the consciences of honest human beings.
The right to life in America–the most basic of human rights–goes back to the Pilgrims of Plymouth, Plantation. Here is the Pilgrim legacy we must renew in our day.
Saturday afternoon I received a call from a daughter of my teenage pastor. She informed me that her beloved father–Steve Watkins–had passed away and was now in the presence of Jesus (Philippians 1:23).
I was sad for our great loss, but also happy because of his graduation to glory.
“Pastor Steve,” as most of us called him, was an important spiritual father to many and a link in the chain of salvation that stretches to the nation of Mongolia.
Here is our story–and why spiritual fathers are so needed in our lives.