Childish behavior is not limited to children. Adults are just as guilty of throwing temper tantrums, having short attention spans and being selfish as little kids are. The difference is that what is done by two year olds is far more understandable than similar “acting out” done by so called adults.
The sooner we learn in this life that we are not always going to get our way, the better off we become. Wanting, demanding and doing whatever it takes to get what you want when you want it permeates and saturates our society. The lessons of patience, making do with what you have and living for the intangibles in life instead of materialistic things are lost to the vast majority of people now.
The fascination (or should I say obsession) with high tech gadgetry, sporting events (especially those where people seek to maim or kill the opponent) and having everything commercials demand you have to be cool have warped our society into one that is doomed to fail. The ties that used to bind us together (faith, family and virtue) are outdated and left in the dust as the herds of humanity rush to satisfy the lusts of their flesh and things that enhance their pride of life.
People go hopelessly in debt to get the lifestyle that makes them appear to be wealthy. People discard all their scruples in order to gain access to a gang or clique. People throw away friendships and family ties in their mad rush to be liked, be cool or be independent.
Most of the things mentioned above in my little diatribe remind me of behavior manifested by young children, teenagers and immature people of all ages. The “me first” mentality that oozes from every pore of our society is indeed childish and the mark of a culture that has gone backward instead of forward.
God said all these things would take place as the day of His return approaches. The Bible makes it very clear that before that great and glorious day of the Lord, this world will become darker than it has since the days of Noah. Everywhere you look, that is precisely what one sees as society and culture make a mad dash to their own extinction.
If there were ever a time for God’s people to step back and NOT conform to the world, it is now. If there were ever a time for God’s people to “come out and be separate” from the filth, utter selfishness and ugly competitiveness of society it is now. If there were ever a time for God’s people to “just say no”, it is now.
1 Corinthians 13:11 says:
“When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things .”
As for me and my household, we have made the decision to put away childish things and rise up to be the men and women of God so desperately needed in our day and time.
Just last night in a group I was in we were talking about the "childish" behavior American society at least, has in the "I want it and I want it now" mentality. We need to rise up, put aside childish things and become men and women of God.
I don’t think there are many people in the US who would say that debtor’s prison exists here. I would beg to disagree. Most people in the US have willingly gone to debtor’s prison. The reason we are confined may be called a particular house, a very nice vehicle, credit cards, or all of them. Your prison may look different from someone else’s. Just how many are working at a job they don’t like or living in a particular place because of a job. You don’t enjoy going to work and look forward to vacation to get away from where you live. You are even kept from following the Lord because of it. He is to be first in our lives but is He? We are, then, prisoners in a prison of debt.
We have always been called on to be a people set apart. Throughout history if a Jewish person lived as he was supposed to, everyone knew he was a Jew. He didn’t have to tell anyone. We are to be set apart as well because of our lives – how we live. Because of our worldliness, most people cannot tell that we are Christians unless we tell them and, then, they say, “Oh, me too.” There is very little difference between the non-Christian and Christian in the US.
The worst words to hear, I think, are “Get away from Me; I never knew you.” How many of us will hear them?