From time to time I’m asked as a contractor to do a job for a customer who looks at me straight in my face with a plain expression while asking me to prepare their rental property with the absolute basic (emphasizing “basic”) requirements necessary for renting it out.
It seems that the opportunity to make an income from the property far exceeded their desire to provide a suitable living quarters for another human being above the bare necessities to get it done.
Hypocrisy would be for that same individual to then turn on the TV later that day and complain about how unfortunate it is that people around the world have no place to rest their head, no food to eat, and say “no one cares anymore” all the while them self having no regard for treating their own fellow human beings with love, respect and dignity beyond the bare minimum requirements
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets
Love the Lord your God with all you heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second is this, Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these
In the book titled: “Religion and Society”, Malcolm Muggeridge says:
“So the final conclusion would surely be that whereas other civilizations have been brought down by attacks of barbarians from without, ours had the unique distinction of training its own destroyers at its own educational institutions, and then providing them with facilities for propagating their destructive ideology far and wide, all at the public expense. Thus did Western Man decide to abolish himself, creating his own boredom out of his own affluence, his own vulnerability out of his own strength, his own impotence out of his own erotomania, himself blowing the trumpet that brought the walls of his own city tumbling down, and having convinced himself that he was too numerous, labored with pill and scalpel and syringe to make himself fewer. Until at last, having educated himself into imbecility, and polluted and drugged himself into stupefaction, he keeled over–a weary, battered old brontosaurus–and became extinct.”
Under the facade of safety and economic stability, the western world has been intricately penetrated at the foundation of our thinking and slowly destroyed by an enemy far more subtle than we might ever want to acknowledge.
It comes in the form of policy such as legalized prostitution, degrading our sisters for profit causing them to feel no shame towards their decisions because their actions could be possibly deemed “legal”.
It comes in a form that waves a banner of pride and encouraging homosexuality as if it were a natural part of relations, causing a breakdown in the original design of the family unit, suggesting that other possibilities of redefining “family” are acceptable, all the while watching as more youth suffer from broken homes, and more wives take on the role of husbands.
It comes in the form of music video’s which encourages “poppin bottles” and partying as the only acceptable form of enjoyment and relief when the weekend comes to the point where over 87% of teens have admitted to consuming alcohol before the age of 18 and the results of this depressant, which alcohol is, has significantly risen as witnessed in society as a whole in teenage suicide and mental instability leading to drug dependancy.
It comes in the form of movies and t.v programming that plant the subtle seed of idea’s that contradict what God’s Word states as truth about who we are, where we came from, how we were created, in who’s image we were created, what is our hope and purpose, and what is to come. These are most detrimental since they paint vivid pictures feeding peoples imaginations with unfounded thoughts, planting desires that cannot be met, ideals that cannot be attained, and blurring the lines between fact and fiction.
It comes in the form of billboards, bus ad’s, mall ad’s, internet ad’s, and magazine ad’s that casually desensitize its viewers with sexually suggestive and seductive advertising to the point that our generation is more lust driven and concerned with their own self-centered views than to ever find time to look outside of them self to help another in any point beyond the mere superficial holding open of a door, or letting someone go first in a line up.
The list goes on considerably…
Man is made of body, soul, and spirit.
The physical is encompassed in the body. The conscience, will, and emotions are within the soul. And our spiritual leading to life or death comes through our choice for God, or the demonic spirits of this world.
When our efforts to seek our own happiness and preserve our own lives becomes an after thought, if even at all, and instead we place the needs of others wholly before our own, then and only then may we begin to understand a love that is willing to lay down His life for others, and the kind of love the cross of Christ truly represents.
And he who does not take his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it
Remember Lot’s wife. Whoever seeks to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it
For if you want to save your own life, you will lose it; but if you lose your life for me and for the gospel, you will save it
For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it
Those who love their own life will lose it; those who hate their own life in this world will keep it for life eternal