Back at that same rail bridge on the way home. Probably the same lot of commuters going home to their family, friends, no-one, empty houses, broken homes, loved ones... etcetera etcetera etcetera. Apart from no-one fitting into society, know what else all of these people share including myself? They're all screwed up.
There is no such thing as cold. A paradox you may say but true nonetheless. Cold is merely an absence of heat. Likewise there is no such thing as darkness; darkness is an absence of light. What about evil? Could evil be the absence of "good"? Maybe not in the active malicious sense anyway, but still true enough.
Most people when asked would tell you that they lead a "good" life. Good is one of those glib words that doesn't really say much. Good people it would appear would be everywhere but... what is it that they lack? If I am precisely the same as all these people then what strikes me as different?
I put it to you that evil is not an absence of "good" but rather an absence of "God". Now there's a strange concept. If Christ himself said "I am the way, the truth and the life" and "no man may come to the Father but by me" what does that say if we're living with an absence of God?
Directionless, truthless, dying people? Yet isn't that what we see every single day of our lives?
Without God what is the point of any of this? There are thousands of "good" people living equally glib lives, none of which lead to a direction, the truth or life... which by inference is death. In fact most of these people whilst they don't openly harbour a campaign of malice against God would rather that he remain distant or absent, and then wonder why there's no "good" in the world.
Something I read in the drudgery of boredom while at work I think is somewhat pert. This was directed at King Asa but equally applies throughout history.
The LORD is with you when you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you forsake him, he will forsake you. 2 Chronicles 15:2
The world won't find God for the most part because they aren't implicitly looking. God is allowed to remain absent and off in the distance. We need to shove him into people's faces, because they're not going to look by themselves very well. They'll continue to commute back and forth every day etcetera etcetera etcetera.
*Sorry, about the tone of this. I should really stop typing away madly at 3am in future. My brain suddenly whacked itself into gear again... drat.