Ecclesiastes 4:2 & 3
"And I declared that the dead, who had already died, are happier than the living, who are still alive. But better than both is he who has not yet been, who has not seen the evil that is done under the sun." NIV translation
Solomon's conclusion about this state of oppression is that it is good to die and escape but it is better to have not been born. Does this not describe the feeling in our world today as there seems to be a bigger gap than ever between the rich and powerful and the poor? As bad as it appears to be now, it is going to get much worse. To prepare, the church must return to its roots of service just as the early church did in following Jesus. The second thing, is that God's people must tell people the gospel of Jesus Christ. As Solomon found, focusing on the temporary physical without the lasting spiritual is pointless.