A Chaotic World
It is no great mystery to me why the world is ill. Crime, perversion, abuse, rebellion, spiritual confusion, lack of identity, selfishness, deception, and more, roams our planet in overabundance. All of these ill-fated, ill-reputed, pathologies are deeply rooted in humanity.

Why is it on one hand we see the best of humanity but on the other hand we see the worst? What’s the difference between a murderer and a non-murderer? What’s the difference between serial cheaters and the faithful? What’s the difference between the sexually promiscuous and the chaste? Why do some abuse drugs and others don’t? Why do some abuse alcohol and others don’t? Why are some marriages good and others bad? Why is the perception of God changing for the worse? Why is it that everyone believes they should do what they want, when they want? Why are there so many confusing religious groups and beliefs?

Plato said “Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge” The constructive and destructive behavior in our world is impacted by the three things Plato mentions. Let’s begin with desire. Would the world be a better place if everybody got what they desired?

For example, if the traffic light was red and you pursued your desire to run it because you’re in a hurry you’ll not only jeopardize your life but the lives of others. What if other drivers approaching the red light are thinking like you? If people started deciding they should be able to run the red light whenever they please the accident and death rates will increase. The traffic light scenario is a metaphor for life. Laws and standards help establish order and keep us safe. We can’t act on selfish desires without seeing negative consequences.  

Honestly, we all are defective to a certain point and therefore our desires aren’t always pure or right. If everybody got everything they desired both good and bad there would be anarchy and great destruction. We’ve got to be real with ourselves, sometimes we desire things that just aren’t good for us or others. Instead of justifying inappropriate desires and harmful behavior we must learn to master our desires.  

Proverbs 25:28 “A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.” ESV. When we lack self-control we become vulnerable, defenseless, people, who are susceptible to most anything. Our spirituality, morality, and humanity, are all degenerating, simply because the world has decided it doesn’t want to do without what it desires even when it’s bad.

We’ll deal with emotion in the next entry but I’ll leave this with you. We can change the world one person at a time and we can change our lives one day at a time. But the real key to a better world and a better you is to first stop making excuses about inappropriate desires and start MASTERING YOURSELF!

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1 comment:

  1. Wow good encouragement Dr. Green, I'm working on staying on God's surgical table so I can be a better Michelle. It doesn't always feel good, but I'm going to stay right there.


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