We live in a time of vicious criticism, angry partisanship, vile language, rude behavior, violent acts, terrorism. The social media platforms are full of behind the screen critics, racists, character assassins. There are cyberbullies, nasty language thrown at the innocent. Vile remarks can be made with impunity. There is no rule or law to prosecute or law to defend victims.
Children are committing acts of violence against one another. Suicide has claimed some who could not disengage or protect themselves. The addiction to media is profound. Discussion with many is centered around movies and quotes and lines from cult movies.
Civility has gone out the door. Manners are lacking.
At the root of much of this is the philosophy of relativism. The current generation does not look for absolute truth, but cobbles together what is called “My Truth.” The individual then becomes the arbitrator of what is truth.
We as Christians should hold to the fact there is absolute truth which is good in all places with all people, for all time. The Bible holds that there is absolute truth rooted in God’s commandments. With the effort to tear away any relationship with God, the society loses its stability and is ready to topple. It may take a generation or two, but the end is in sight.
In the midst of all this, the individual human gets lost in the chaos. Mankind loses sense of value because life becomes cheap. It is wasted in many forms. The most severe we think is drug addiction which is self medicating to escape the reality which must be faced. Others lose themselves in an endless pursuit of trying to fit in. They allow cultural phases to define them in clothing, language, interests. There are subsets of culture which are identifiable, gangs, goths, jocks, nerds etc.
Meanwhile who we are or who we could be is swallowed up by the pressures of peers, hollywood types, and passing movements.
There are people who are Christians who struggle with these very issues. We all to some degree are constantly trying to find out who we are. We change and morph through the years to adapt to our current state. We have to. You cannot continue through life with the energy of a 20 something. Nor can you live wild and free when you have children counting on you.
Identity crisis is what it is called. But there is Christ who has an identity for all of us. We are predestined to be conformed to that wonderful image. The image is constantly before us and is good for every age and phase of life. It works in the palace and in the ghetto. It is good for kings and paupers.
I need to spend more time learning and listening to what God says of me than what the world says of me. The world is cruel and unrelenting. God is kind and faithful. Jesus said that he overcame the world. The road to peace is through him and in him.