Welcome to Livin’ the ‘Tudes, a new blog series here at ZachMalott.com that will paint a moral picture of what it is and what it means to follow in The Way of Jesus Christ. We all have lives. We all exist in a particular location here on this earth. Some of us have no money worries. We were either born into a wealthy family and had the proverbial, silver spoon treatment since birth or maybe we made it on our own by doing things our way – with a little cheating, lying, taking advantage, etc to seal the deals. Some of us, however, have struggled for every little taste of self-worth, kind word, and piece of food that has kept us alive just to face another day of hardship. These two descriptions fit the elite and the so-called poverty-stricken of modern day society.
There is yet another part of society that fills the vast void between those who have and the have-nots. This part of society has existed because of an economy that was manufactured by that elite, rich group that — since the industrial revolution — has produced the largest segment of our society for many, many years: the so-called middle class. This middle class has replaced the surfs and slaves and this class works for others, the elite rich (those who control the world’s businesses and industries). Why are we discussing the class system in a post that is to reveal how mankind can follow Jesus in a world gone mad? Give me just a few minutes of your time and the meaning will become quite clear.
This brief and incomplete discussion of the history from societies around the globe, both past and present, point to a common denominator – the greedy, selfish governance of man. Mankind is part of a fallen creation that has existed since Eden with one, driving and domineering purpose: the benefit of self. This self, this burden that we place upon ourselves or others place upon us, is the illusion and not the reality.
For those of you who were born about 30 years ago, do you remember when the commodore 64 appeared for home use? I do. You were just being born around that time. The personal computer, Windows, Bill Gates, the internet, AOL, MSN, Google, Yahoo, the brick cellphone, the flip phone, flat screens, laptops, the iPhone, the iPad, the Android, etc. just to name some of the marvelous inventions we have today came along after that! Where is this train of thought going?
“Mankind is drawn to the selfishness and greed-filled lifestyle like a moth to an open flame.”
Think about this. Anyone 25 years old or less doesn’t remember a time when the personal computer wasn’t around. I remember when Oswald shot President Kennedy on the streets of Dallas. Not one of the things listed above was in existence. Not one. The very things that our society not only enjoys but society as we now know it – depends on these things totally. Have you ever been a customer when the power goes out and you are trying to pay out at the register? I have. Mind-boggling. People can’t make change anymore!
The point of the above discussion on change is to focus your attention from the present and to review the past 30 years to paint a portrait of change. There are many things that have changed. Since when, you may ask? How about since Christ was born into the human race? How about the middle ages, or perhaps, the renaissance? Actually, we don’t have to go quite that far back in world history to focus on real change. Let’s just go to the early 1900’s. There we see a time before the great depression, WWI was in the near future but has not happened yet, WWII wouldn’t be happening for another 30 plus years. When the Second World War did come about in the mid-40’s, we can look back over that period and see many changes in American life that have occurred. The one thing that really stands out to me is how slow change occurred back then compared to now: even over the past 30 years.
With this change now circulating through your thought processes, the purpose for the above discussion is at hand. Let’s take an overview of human nature from the period of time just covered. I should think a brief look back at history would fill in that blank. All societies, for the most part, have self at the forefront. Selfishness, greed, hatred, cruelty, atrocities, and vulgarities, debaucheries, and every wrong act can be seen as the base of every past society as well as those in our present society today. Mankind is drawn to the selfishness and greed-filled lifestyle like a moth to an open flame. Why is this? Because mankind, on his/her own (apart from God), are selfish beyond the wildest imagination of the thinking individual. The question is – why?
Next week, we will investigate the question of why. Why does mankind, in varying degrees, seem to gravitate towards the things that the Holy Bible, the word of God, calls sin?
See you next week to further investigate secular (outside of the will of God) lifestyles and how they fit upon that path called The Way by 1st century Christians. There is a way back to The Way. If it is followed, it guarantees to the follower a map that will lead to the closest relationship with Christ Jesus possible. Do you want that kind of relationship with Jesus? Will you join me through this series that points to that path?
Please comment on this series, your input is welcome and desired.
DISCLAIMER: The brevity and over-simplification of history above is necessary in order to summarize. I am not attempting to write a history book.