The Western world has become disenchanted, expelling God from His own creation. The result has proven less than pleasant. God is the God of the living, not the dead; the universe is not a lifeless void with us as a cosmic accident, but full of the glory of God with humans as His crowning creation.
For many, life is all about the here and now: the most recent news cycle, the belief that the present is superior to the past, and how this life is all there is to existence. The world lives by this ethic and acts accordingly. It cannot be so among the people of God.