Words You Won’t Find in Your Hymnal

One of my all time favorite oldies is a song from 1972 or 1973, called “The World is A Ghetto,” by War. The refrain says:

Don’t you know that it’s true
That for me and for you
The world is a ghetto.

You’ll never see those lyrics in any hymnal or book of praise songs. Maybe the sentiment is similar in one or two old hymns or spirituals. They may say the world is not my home, I’m just passin’ through, etc. Those are the only song writers who got it right.

The world is a ghetto. It’s a lousy place. The fingerprints of fallen man are all over it. The Earth itself is diseased and fallen.

The long version of War’s song includes hopeful lyrics that we can find happiness here in spite of everything–sadly, a typical humanistic approach.

Why do we as believers in Christ love this world and its Satanic systems so much?

Romans 8:18, 22-23 says,

18. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us…
22. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
23. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

1 John 2:15-17 says,

15. Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.