Why Do People Do And Say The Things People Do And Say?
As much as we would like of think of ourselves as a collective people continuously moving forward in principle, intellect and insight, we have history and the present to prove that we would be wrong. Thatís not what history teaches. Eschatologically speaking, we seem to be on the verge of something big and not so great for those who find themselves unprepared.
We have the latest technology making the world a much more convenient place to live. We have computers capable of doing things that only a few years ago would have been called magical and certainly impossible. A chart I saw recently showed the spike of technological advancement literally launching upward from its former gradual slant sometime around the late 80ís and early 90ís. Since that time, the increase in advancement has been unprecedented, mainly due to the invention of the computer chip. Weíre a computer society and I have no problem with that. Iím writing this on a laptop at my kitchen table. My fingers have none of the ink smudges that once partnered with the creation of a document. I have not heard the first ďpingĒ insisting I should push a typewriter bar back to the left and advance a piece of paper to the next line. No keys are sticking together in a cosmic mesh of thin metal because I hit too many at once. Younger readers will not understand these examples, while older ones may very well have nightmares tonight if youíve spent much time hunching over an old Royal.
We simply have a lot more conveniences than we used to and thatís a very good thing for the most part.
Unfortunately, weíre not a perfect lifeform. Due to sin, weíre able to take good things and sift through them until we find a heap of bad we can have fun with, tossing good aside. Weíve told ourselves, and weíve believed it, that fun can only be found in the naughty or the ease of convenience. Somehow hard work and ambition to achieve for the good of mankind has been superseded by indulgence and a carefree attitude that asks, ďWho cares about tomorrow? Iím in it for what I can get today!Ē and ďWho cares who I hurt? Iím having fun!Ē
Weíve become lazy and selfish, indulgent and careless.
Once again, let me point out that I have no problem with advancement and technology. I love gagets and all the new stuff we continuously learn we can do through machinery and computers. But with all blessings, even the technological kind, there exists a responsibility, not only to ourselves, but to each other. Convenience can easily breed a sense of entitlement and a sense of entitlement always ends up misdirecting your Flow.
And I think that is one of the main reasons for the way people treat each other today. Why does the cabbie or commuter honk their horn at you while youíre crossing a busy street? Most of the time you would find it is because they have somewhere to be and they feel it is more important than your place. They, assuming a higher status of destination, feel entitled to blow their horn or curse or gesture in a not-so-friendly manner.
Why, when two people walking in opposing directions collide, does one get attacked with, ďWhy dontcha look where youíre going?!Ē There was a time when both would stop, take account of the situation, make sure the other was okay, apologize for the collision, perhaps even help each other with things which may have dropped and been on their way. Gee, Michael. Thatís so old and outdated. Nobody acts like that anymore. If you were thinking that, youíre right. No one acts like that anymore and perhaps thatís why youíre reading this. It should happen like that.
We feel entitled in todayís society in a way that has made us little tyrants running around, each with his or her own agenda and without a care for each other. I wish it were different and I wish that everyone would read this and make a change for the better, but biblically, I have bad news. Itís only gonna get worse until the return of Christ. Thatís why itís so very important that those of us who have the hope and truth of Jesus Christ make every effort, every day to direct the flow of our lives and our attitudes in a positive way, regardless of the situation. I know that things get tough. I know that you may be having a hard time paying that bill and the same people call you day after day and get meaner and meaner about your late payment. Itís hard to smile back through the phone and wish them a blessed day. And itís especially hard to be sincere if you can make yourself do it. But thatís what we, as Christians, are asked to do. We canít change the rules. We have to live by them. And if weíre to claim the Kingdom of Christ, then we have no choice but to love each other in all things and at all times or accept that weíre hypocrites. Weíre asked to take up our cross DAILY, forsaking ourselves and follow Christ if we are to be his true disciples.
Thatís a tough challenge to face, but we were never told it would be easy being a believer while still living on this earth. Weíre surrounded by evil and evilís influence. We canít see most of the battle that rages about us, but itís there and it impacts us if we let it. Weíre told that we do not battle flesh and bone, but principalities. Thatís the supernatural world around you that the devil operates invisibly in. One teacher stated that if we could see what goes on around us, the battle between good and evil that rages in the supernatural, we would go insane with fear. I believe that.
So whatís the short answer as to why people do and say the things they do and say?
Because there is corruption in their hearts and Iím not just talking about those who havenít come to Christ. Corruption exists among so many of my Christian brothers and sisters. Itís called sin. We ALL do it when we turn our backs on God. Thatís the definition of sin: any thought or action opposite of the will of God. I wish I could say that Iím writing this from a mountaintop devoid of any sin, but I canít. Iím worse than many who may be reading this. The key is knowing when weíre out of Godís will, recognizing it, then turning from the dark back into the light. Thatís the wonder of Godís mercy. We will draw into the dark at times, but His light is always shining and if we turn to it, through repentance, weíll always see clearly again.
Understand that the next time you think to yourself, ďWhy did they just do that?Ē or ďWhy did they just say that?Ē, youíve been there too. You donít know whatís going on in their life, what news they may have just gotten, or that they simply havenít received the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ. Next time that happens, be aware that this is another bend in the river, another opportunity for your personal Flow to change course and itís up to you to decide which course it will take.
One last thought on relating to those who are lost:
My wife asks herself a Flow-Control question when sheís involved in a negative situation involving a non-believer. ďHow can I expect someone who doesnít know Christ to act like a Christian?Ē
Thatís a very good question to ask yourself. And maybe itís your opportunity to deliver the message. When you feel like youíre the last person that individual wants, you may be just what that individual needs.
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