The other day I wrote about the futility that often ends in the appearance of hypocrisy of New Year resolutions. I still haven’t changed my mind about this and don’t expect to any time soon.
What then shall we do with this? I know that I can get through daily life without behaving like Kim Kardashian, or Alec Baldwin, or Charlie Sheen, or Snooki but then I am not a current reflection of any cultural icon, either. What’s that got to do with the price of rice, right?
Here’s what: My role in life is far more important, deep, and meaningful than any of these people or their roles as cultural icons, a title which, at its best, is a dubious distinction. Your role in life is far more important, too.
What has the culture become anyway? Paul described it nicely about 1,950 years ago in a letter to some fellow Christians in Rome:
They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them. Romans 1:29-32
The culture in a nutshell appears to have become a death-chamber of sorts for those that believe that the highest, most powerful good in the world is composed of fame, wealth, unlimited behavior of any kind within current interpretations of man’s laws. Why? The culture has disposed of the longest standing definitions of what is wicked, evil, greedy, and depraved. In their place now is the large umbrella of tolerance for the things once held to be impermissible. Mankind has transformed the world into a morass which is writhing in its death throes even as you read this. We have done it through our own ideas more than anything else.
Who knows what 2012 will bring to the faithful, the faithless, and those who tread on the fence between the two. Gratitude, ingratitude, concern for others, or indifference to others marks the lives of everyone at one time or another whether they come by benign neglect or an act of will.
What will you do? Whatever you decide, make it your choice, guided by the Light of Wisdom-that is, The Light which was before the founding of this world. You know Who I mean, don’t you?
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:1-5
Dear reader, I want to encourage you today of all days-Light your path with Christ’s Light and let nothing come from benign neglect! Choose the well-lit path that will lead you away from the fetid, festering culture of darkness, profanity, grief, and misery that comes from deliberate acts of selfishness, or merely careless acts of inattention that lead to physical, emotional, or spiritual injury to anyone. Pain is out there for now but we can choose to contribute to it or ameliorate it as The Light shines our way.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16
The new standard as it turns out is the old one but it bears repeating over and over again until we see Him as He really is: Love One Another.