"For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations."
Lots of the second coming scriptures seem a little scary, but underneath there is always this consistent thread of love and hope. This one stood out to me I think because I can sometimes get cynical about our society pulling itself out of some of our self-inflicted problems. But it seems that, whether we do or not, God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before us all. And I think at that point maybe all the things that I worry about won't matter anymore, because God isn't confined to our context. He's way beyond it. And someday, we're going to realize that it is God's context that is real, and the other rating systems that we judge ourselves by won't matter at all. Maybe when we see that righteousness and praise spring forth, we'll join it. Or maybe we can start early, and be part of the hope, even now. :)