@manbooks You know, while it does feel like the world is in seriously bad straights right now, I think it can help us to take a look at how past generations behaved as well. The reality is that the world used to be much more brutal than it is now - that is not to say people themselves are inherently better now. People have always been people and brutal things still happen. But when Jesus first came to the earth the idea of fundamental human rights was not a thing. Humans, by God’s grace, have made some serious progress. Check out these stats just over the last two hundred years.
And think about history - really consider it - it’s brutal. I’m not sure we can make a quantitative argument that people are worse now than at any other time in history. In fact, the reality may be conditions are generally better now.
Regarding the Church, even in Paul’s time the Church was constantly misbehaving. And if we look at the Church Fathers we see people beating other people into behaving like Christians and legalism and heresies and other generally horrifying things. I am very glad I live now instead of during the Middle Ages in Europe - they might have burned me alive for believing differently - even though I seek to obey Jesus. And what about racism in America for the last 200 years?
I’m not saying that this is not the last generation. I’m also not arguing that people are getting better. But I don’t really think we have any quantitative evidence to support the idea that people are worse now than in the past or that the Church is any more compromised than it has been throughout history.
The road to Jesus has always been narrow and people in every generation have missed the Gospel in their own way. To be a Christ one is to stand out in any period of history.