Secularists, unaware of the Christian belief that talents and achievements are from God, believe they are responsible for all the good in their lives. The disparity between these two perceptions creates enormous gaps in how humanity acts and reacts to the events happening around them, whether directly or not. If we believe we are responsible for our talent as a ballerina, does that mean we are the culprit when we can no longer perform because we lost our leg in a freak accident? What then? Regrettably, it’s been my experience that some who don’t value God’s gifts, blame God when things go awry. Isn’t this a case of displaced blame? If we don’t believe in God, then why would we blame God during our calamities?
Spiritual hunger is real. We long for something greater than ourselves. We yearn to make a difference. We want significance in our small story as it pertains to the larger, cosmic drama of life. We crave meaning, worth, purpose, and genuine connection to others. And while some Secularists claim that life is meaningless and all morality is relative, they may not be aware of or want to admit these longings. They may think they determine their own purpose in life. Nevertheless, many admit to their desire for an everlasting purpose, to exist externally, but outside the context of faith. In addition, while some people feel stable and immune to the depravity around us, if they believe in God, they can’t disregard the carnage and catastrophic events in the world.
On the other hand, if they don’t believe in the sovereignty of God, they may unknowingly disrupt the sense of security in their lives. Furthermore, children and teens who hear and understand more than we think are reluctant to talk about their concerns. They remain silent, often suffering from anxiety and fear.
And while trying to minimize our feelings of despair, we may plummet into the abyss of selfishness, greed, and distortion of truth about ourselves. Uninformed, we become products of a culture that doesn’t give a damn. We pattern ourselves after subjective ideologies without noticing.
We’re living in a world that promotes freedom, individuality, and subjectivity. Recently, I read about a woman, Sheila, who said her religion was an “ism” of herself. Do we really want this self-proclaimed philosophy to result in other isms, “Susanism,” “Maryism,” or “Johnism?” Sheila’s “ism” came from her personalized idea of how she wanted to live. By constructing her own boundaries, she could alter her moral code to fit the occasion, the place, or the people at given time. At this point, her religion is merchandise modified to meet her expectations like a piece of clothing. She might even choose to market it, by promoting her “style” of religion.
These are some tough observations that might cause us to squirm. Still, after asking ourselves questions about our perceptions, they are powerful reminders of why we need to Calm the Chaos, and learn to live beautifully in a broken world.
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