One grave mistake we as a society of western Christians have constantly promoted and by our silence, justified, is now coming home to visit us in all its severity and ugliness. The Bible states “If we sow to the wind we will reap the whirlwind” the results and consequences of which we are now having to face and which leaves no room for apathy on our part as we all will suffer a horrific future if we continue to ignore the deathly screams of reality attempting to alert us to our fate.
I believe actually our destiny, is now irreversible and that it is all related to the subject of unbiblical, perverted views of western capitalistic affluence. We as western people are more concerned about making and having an inheritance rather than leaving a legacy, particularly for our children. We want to live life for enjoyment and pleasures sake, without any consideration of the state of the world we leave our children. We are a take society and we live to simply plunder the worlds opportunities and resources for our own selfish and corrupt benefit.
One thing we have berated our tribal brethren for over the centuries, is their mystical view of being a part of nature, or as they refer to it as oneness with the land. They respect nature and enjoy the simplicity of its beauty and ruggedness whereas we so called educated civilized plan and scheme how we can take advantage of it and change it in order to derive some monetary benefit from it.
I read an article just a day or so ago that gave the statistics of a referendum conducted in both very poor and alternatively very wealthy nations. The ramifications and conclusions were nothing short of incredible from my point of view, as the wealthy country respondents almost without exception concluded they were very unhappy with their lives and situations, but on the converse the poorest of nations and their people stated they were generally very happy as long as they had food and shelter. What a strange paradox, that in one way should not surprise anyone, as the words of Jesus confirm very definitively and clearly “Mans happiness is not determined by, nor consists because of the abundance of a mans possessions.”
I fear it is almost to late to turn this attitude around now and I also fear that there is no will to do it even if we think it is necessary. Big business with all its splinter groups certainly the most powerful of them, directed by the insatiable greed of western consumerism, has no desire whatsoever, to change direction. In fact these diabolically motivated parasites and leaches are without precedent and conscience manipulating the very commodities and products they produce in order to coerce people to buy more of them. All the time knowing that the very p0roducts they sell are no longer healthy and free from degenerative substances but on the contrary, cancer causing and destructive. They continue unabated to peddle their chemicals and pollutants, destroying our bodies and the very environment that we ultimately will give account for by way of human obsolescence.
When will we ever learn said the old sixties song sung by the folk group PETER PAUL AND MARY. Not soon by the looks of things and maybe not at all in my estimation if the sixties with all the naturalist protests and activist groups could not change the direction of thinking, why would we suppose it will happen now. The whole sordid system and way of civilization is driven by corrupt politics and warped thinking funded by the powerful and wealthy elite whose agenda is not to create a better world but to plunder it and restrict its benefits and resources to a more and more privileged few.
The only way this could ever change is if the church, which is supposed to be the conscience of the nations and the God given guardians and stewards of the land take it seriously enough to arise and make their voices heard amidst the clamour of every other ungodly voice. If they were to stand up for what is right and just simply decent, and be prepared to die for what they believe, then maybe just maybe, we could bring about a change for the better and secure a continuing legacy for our children and our children’s children just like God originally intended.