Another interesting week in this surreal world in which we live. Barely visible in the western world of public media are the human rights atrocities that are occurring all over the world and unspeakable human suffering while the top stories clamor of the obsession over our right to be self absorbed. I wonder if more people were in Vanity Fair this week than in the Bible?
We really need to stop and think, where is God in our lived priorities?
We have heard plenty about the rights of people, in fact the short list in both the legislative process and in the judiciary will eventually be forged to let us know what, if anything, is out of bounds. There was a day when not much human legislation was needed because the divinely inspired Word was recognized and embraced to be more than sufficient.
The right for people to be able to do their own thing no matter the subject has now become an unhealthy obsession. Is that a good thing? I really am trying to figure it out because it challenges all that the Bible and living in God’s created purpose is all about. It’s not like we are without rights in holding to the bar of moral ethical truth – we have in God’s Word. Maybe a reminder that we were created for God not vice-versa is in order, but the new foundations that are emerging are built on self rather than on God and there is often a hostile environment for those who question if this is really good for us. Self deification is crushing loving accountability.
Same self attraction is at the root of human failure. From Genesis 3 onward, we see how it plays out in the lives of those who choose their own way as a personal right over God’s way as an option of obedience that declares our love for God. Homo sapiens are consuming at a faster rate than ever whatever it takes to make us feel better, accepted, or loved. Can I suggest a pause for reflection?
1 John 4:9 declares, “We love because God first loved us.” If a sizeable portion of love is accountability, then we should stop and think. Why such resistance to love that speaks, ” I love you, and because I love you I want you to get some help. You are off track and headed for a hard landing if you don’t change course.” Is the right to self-destruct as an outcome of self deification so important that we forsake love to help save those who are experiencing a same self attraction so severe that they are destroying their lives? We can call it original sin, blame it on Adam, and project the guilt on whoever disagrees, but the reality remains and it is alarming.
God forgive us, God awaken us to our shocking and sinful state, and God transform us into your image that we might regain our perspective in this life and value your eternity. In Jesus’ name.