The human race is in trouble. We’ve been in trouble for a long time. Enormous energies have been and continue to be expended by many, many men and women to get us out of the trouble we are in—to clean up the world’s mess. The skill, the perseverance, the intelligence, the devotion of the people who put their shoulders to the wheel to pull us out of the muck—parents and teachers, healers and counselors, rulers and politicians, writers and pastors—are impressive. At the center of the core of this work is God. The most comprehensive term for what God is doing to get us out of the mess we are in is salvation.1

1 Peterson, E.H. (2005). THE MESSAGE: The Bible in Contemporary Language. (p.14). Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress Publishing Group.