The Sin of Selfishness In The World

by Nov 25, 2020

We have all heard it said many times that the world has a sin problem. But the problem with addressing the world’s sin problem is a failure to address the cause of sin. It is quite simple; all sin stems from one thing.

Selfishness.

The further we get in today’s society, the more we see selfishness rising to levels never experienced before. We see parents complaining that they do not have enough time for themselves. We see spouses complaining that they do not give enough time to themselves. We see children complaining that they do not get the items or the things that they want. 

But selfishness goes further than just this. The movements we see in government where we are forced to accept a narrative such as transgenderism, abortion, the acceptance of other thoughts and beliefs that are not our own. That white people are inherently racist, and a whole laundry list of other topics held by a minority is forced on a majority. This is all caused by the selfishness of a small group of people.

To not risk this article becoming political, I want to shift gears to what the Bible says about selfishness. The Bible warns us in many places and usually talking about the end times, about the selfishness that will overtake the world.

The Bible calls it a lover of their own selves, covetous, boasters, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, despisers of those that are good, traders, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God.

The Commandments

First

It does not take any stretch of the imagination for us to see this for what it is, selfishness. Let us take a look at the ten commandments. The first commandment is: I am the Lord thou God thou shalt not have any strange gods before me. What is the definition of a god, little G. A God is anything and whatever consumes your mind the most.

So, if all your focus is on money, then the money is your god. If your focus is on cars, then cars are your god. If you focus on women, then women are your god. Because of your selfish desire to placate yourself, you create a god that is strange before your creator, which is a sin.

Second

The second commandment: thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain. Through your desire to be who you want to be and speak how you want to speak, your selfishness plays a crucial role in disobedience and disrespect for God. And that goes beyond God to the role of those around you. It is why children disrespect parents and Christians disrespect each other.

Third

The third commandment is: remember to keep the Sabbath holy. In our selfish desires to either make money or go out and to party or pursue a hobby, we forget that we are to take a day and rest because God commanded it. This is one that I struggle with myself, and it is because I have things that I want to get done, which is selfish of me.

Fourth

The 4th commandment: honor thy father and my mother. Well, sometimes, we do not want to do what dad and mom tell us to do. Sometimes we think we know better. Sometimes we do not feel like doing what we are instructed to do. All that seems pretty selfish to me.

Fifth

The 5th commandment is thou shalt not kill. Why does someone kill? Usually, it is a crime of passion, such as jealousy or poverty. Except for mentally deranged psychopaths, very few people kill another person without a very selfish reason.

Maybe a deal went wrong, or someone cheated, or someone was robbing someone, or whatever the reason, the act by the murderer stemmed from a selfish place, and the act of taking a life for a selfish reason is in and of itself, selfish.

Sixth

The 6th commandment states that thou shalt not commit adultery. Well, I do not think this one needs much explanation as to why the act of adultery is selfish. Despite having pledged themselves to someone else, someone decides that they want to explore and pursue their own selfish lusts.

Seventh

The 7th commandment is thou shalt not steal. Why does someone steal something? Again, I do not believe much explanation needs to go into the selfishness of taking what belongs to someone else for yourself.

Eighth – Ninth – Tenth

The last 3, do not bear false witness, do not covet thy neighbor’s wife, do not covet thy neighbors’ goods—all selfishness. When Eve ate the forbidden fruit, it was from a selfish desire to do what she wanted instead of obeying God.

Society

Back to society, we are fat and lazy as a whole. We are materialistic, and we are spoiled. The western world wants everything now or 5 minutes ago. The latest phone, the newest car, or the biggest house. It was not very long ago that a man worked hard for everything that he had. It has been less than 100 years since we as people cared for something other than ourselves.

The Great Depression brought bands of people working together to ensure each other’s families’ basic survival and their own. My great grandmother used to tell me stories, and she went through the depression in her late 30s and early 40s. She had a front-row seat to what selflessness brought to her community and what selfishness brought to the world.

No one wants to work hard anymore for what they have; no one wants to take the time of day to ensure that their responsibilities are taken care of. How many men now fix their car when it breaks down versus taking it to the mechanic?

How many of you, right now as winter begins to set in, has a pantry full of canned goods that you grew and preserved yourself? How many of you know how to pull and replace the wiring in your wall if something goes wrong? And how many of you would instead call somebody or go to the grocery store because it is easier that way? 

In Action

Your lack of action in creating your own life and dealing with your responsibilities stems from a selfish desire to achieve the greatest amount the easiest way possible, no matter the cost. It is easier to drop the car off at a mechanic and call an Uber.

It is easier to head to the grocery store to buy supper for tonight’s dinner than to spend 10 hours a week in your garden weeding and watering, tilling and planting and harvesting. It is a lot easier to just call that electrician then crawling up into your attic and pulling the staples and removing the wire and laying new wire down; it’s easier to abort a kid and have a career than to stay at home and raise it.

We are a generation of gamers and Netflix. We are a generation of weak handshakes and broken promises. We are a generation of narcissistic, self-absorbed, selfish people who want the world to look at us and give us what we want.

Ages

And I am not talking about a social generation like the baby boomers or the millennials; I am talking about a societal generation. You had the Bronze Age, the Iron Age, the medieval times, the Renaissance, the classical, the industrial, the nuclear, and here we are in a technological age. This technological generation has put everything at our fingertips.

This technology that we surround ourselves with that enhances our ability to selflessly work to improve ourselves, our families, and our society. Still, it has also created the opportunity for selfishness to abound.

People scream and cuss each other on social media because the screen saves their face from another person’s fist. There are no longer any consequences, thanks to technology. Because of this lack of consequences, we have reached a level of selfishness that is led to one of the most sinful and hateful societies that have ever plagued this planet.

In Closing

My message to you men and women who may read this is to be self-observant of your selfishness, to be willing to admit and accept your selfishness. When you notice it rising, you mindfully and willfully change it to a selfless situation. Because until our brothers and our sisters come before ourselves, until our children’s rearing and education come before our desires, and until our spouses’ needs are placed before our own, we will remain a Godless, sinless, hell-bound, and no glory generation.

Whether you want to admit it or not, our society is at a crossroads. We can turn left, or we can turn right, but straight is not the path that we can stay on any longer. It is no longer an option for us to keep going as we have been going. We can turn left and give up everything or turn right and fight for everything, but the days of selfish and lazy self-indulgence are over.  

We either stand up and take back what is ours now, or we sit down and shut our mouths about everything going on around us. I know many great men are standing up, but I also know that they are not enough to stand up with them. Our generation is on the brink of destruction. Our values will be lost, our heritage and our culture will be wiped out, and people are too selfish to do anything about it.  

Philippians 2:3

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves.

Padre

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