When I think of “Godlessness” I think of pain, suffering, drug addiction, prostitution, hopelessness, warlords, corrupt politicians, and the great gnashing of teeth experienced by humanity from the white picket fence suburban family to the crack addicted thief.
We all touch upon this reality of what it means to live in the darkness and have its mark upon us both physically, mentally, and spiritually. It makes us fearful, selfish, ignorant, and all other marks of Death and its domain.
To be a Christian I think is to believe that God has bridged this infinite distance between God and God. This chasm of despair and hopelessness.
“God did not create anything except love itself, and the means to love. He created love in all its forms…. Because no other could do it, he himself went the greatest possible distance, the infinite distance. This distance between God and God, this supreme tearing apart, this agony beyond all others, this marvel of love, is the crucifixion…. This tearing apart, over which supreme love places the bond of supreme union, echoes perpetually across the universe in the midst of silence, like two notes, separate yet melting into one, like pure and heart-rending harmony. This is the Word of God. The whole creation is nothing but its vibration.”
—Simone Weil, Waiting for God, pp. 123-24.
That “Godlessness” is no longer something that doesn’t fall under the Loving Sovereignty of God’s rule.
“Descent into Hell, in which God’s presence in the world in Jesus is seen as his journey into the furthest deserts of despair and alienation. It is the supreme image of his freedom, to go where he is denied and forgotten…. He comes to his new and risen life, his universal kingship, by searching out all the forgotten and failed members of the human family.”
—Rowan Williams, The Truce of God (2nd ed.; Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005), p. 30.
In the end, love wins.