Is it just me or do others think the same? Is the UK returning to what it was? I’m not talking about the reduction in coronavirus cases and deaths, which is great news. I’m talking about people’s attitudes. When the outbreak started Winston Churchill would have been proud of us. We had that bulldog spirit, we’re in this together. We talked about people being kinder and how the world could be a better place. Now, journalists are back to giving the Government a hard time, and finding any way they can to attack them. Neighbours are complaining about neighbours breaking lock down rules, and getting very angry in saying so. Street residents are complaining about incessant traffic noise and constantly barking dogs. Some people are deliberately being difficult and selfish.
I’m not really shocked that it’s taken so little time for us to revert to our norm, because let’s face it, sadly this is the way we are today. We’ve created a selfish, me first society that gives us the right to do what we want and say what we want. Since the sexual revolution of the 1960s we’ve been encouraged to put ourselves first, and they called it freedom. Our ‘self esteem’ is now supposed to be our main priority. I can’t help you until I’ve helped myself. I need to sort myself out before I can make any contribution to community. Older people are rightly horrified by this. They were brought up to care for others first, today it’s me first. Let’s face it, the older generation were right, and we were beginning to see a return to community first when the coronavirus outbreak started, but it’s slipping away already.
It’s not surprising that we’re returning to a me first world. As God has been laid aside, His word, the Bible, regarded as being worthless, and Christians attacked for defending what many see as outdated ideals, we have lost our way. We’ve abandoned absolute truths, those things that are definitely right or definitely wrong. Now it’s do what you want. It’s your life and no one has the right to tell you how to live it. So we all do what we want and we’ve created a moral disaster. Everyone does what is right in his own eyes, and there is no one to offer wise guidance on how life should be lived.
Well, in fact there is someone. God is still here, he’s an eternal being, the creator of the universe. He is the source of truth, rightness, goodness, morality. The Bible contains within it a way of life that will meet all personal needs, while establishing living together happily in community as a grand ideal. The Bible teaches us to respect one another, to speak truth to one another, but in love, not to hurt. The Bible is a book of love, hope and freedom.
Has anyone upset you so much that you’ll never forgive them? When Jesus was asked how many times it’s appropriate to forgive someone he said 77 times(1), meaning you just keep forgiving. When a woman was brought to him accused of adultery, an act they considered worthy of stoning, Jesus said “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone”(2). When Roman soldiers crucified him and gambled for his clothes in front of the cross he said “Father, forgive them, they don’t know what they’re doing”(3). Do you see where I’m going? Jesus lived a life so much better than ours, on a much higher plane, and he wants us all to follow him. He wants us to live a life like his, a life of love and compassion, a life of forgiveness, and mercy, non-judgemental and caring to all. What we began to see a the start of the outbreak can be a regular way of living, but only if Jesus is a part of it.
(1) Matthew 18:22
(2) John 8:7
(3) Luke 23:34