A recent story in a Canadian newspaper, the National Post, reveals the subtle changes taking place in our culture that Jesus said would be one of the indicators that we are entering the end times.
Ironically, it involved a car crash that took place on a Sunday, Oct 31, 2021, when two teens crashed into a tree near Springwater, Ontario, Canada.
The resulting crash caused the vehicle to catch fire and the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) reported that instead of helping the two teens, who were struggling to get out of the burning vehicle, those passing by were more interested in videoing the event.
According to OPP spokesperson, Liz Newton, videos of the crash, that ended up on several social media sites, showed several cars slowly driving by instead of stopping and helping the two escape.
Fortunately, the two teens survived, when a police officer stumbled upon the scene and was able to pull them out. The two remain in hospital with serious injuries.
The OPP added that no charges have been laid against those who did not offer assistance, because it is not a criminal act to refuse to be a ‘good Samaritan.’
“You can’t force someone to be a good Samaritan. It’s just a disappointment and common sense,” said Newton.
But this lack of love for others may be a sign of the times.
In His discussion of the signs leading to His second coming, Jesus said that one of them would involve a growing lack of love for others.
12 And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold. (Matthew 24:12 ESV)
Jesus said that this growing coldness will be tied to an increased lawlessness, that is actually in the plural, indicating it will show up in multiple ways.
The Apostle Paul made a similar statement in Ephesians when he describes people who are ‘past feeling’.
19 who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. (Ephesians 4:19 NKJ)
Other versions, such as the NASV, use the word calloused instead, referring to callouses that can build up on our skin through repeated rubbing, deadening us to pain.
But in this sense, it is used to describe people’s hearts that can no longer feel or even see the pain of others because their hearts have lost a sense of feeling.
As lawlessness increases, I have even noticed a coldness creeping into my own heart. As Christians, we must remain vigilant and not allow it to harden our heart, deadening our love for others.