New year, new start?

We live in an increasingly individual and even selfish society. We can see that this behavior is starting to worry a lot of people. I have been amazed to discover in recent years that selfishness has been considered a health problem by our society. Indeed, in several non-Christian newspapers and magazines it is psychologists who are interviewed on this subject and some propose a "spiritual" remedy such as meditation ...

I2000 years ago, the Apostle Paul described society as it would be in the last days: “Know that in the last days there will be hard times, 2 for men will be selfish, friends of money, boastful, proud, blasphemers, rebellious to their parents, ungrateful, impious, 3 insensitive, implacable, slanderous, violent, cruel, enemies of good, etc. (2 Tim. 3: 1-3) It is amazing how the first characteristic of this society is selfishness. And this is certainly what we see nowadays: everyone lives for themselves, in their small (virtual) world to which only a few people have access that they have never seen or met.

It is the world of "social networks" that pushes us to maintain superficial, artificial and virtual relationships. So unreal. Most people are afraid or unwilling to meet a new person and have to learn to listen to them, understand them and sometimes exchange different points of view with them. These networks make it possible to get around this fear because by being part of "social networks" there is no risk of being considered "asocial" while limiting this relationship to a superficial level. We have a relationship with a person we will never see in the flesh, with whom we will never eat. In short, it is a “virtual” relationship.

By immersing yourself in this virtual world, you adopt a narcissistic attitudeBy immersing yourself in this virtual world, you adopt a narcissistic attitude: "I love myself, therefore I expose myself, so that I may be admired". We must not be naive: it is a world in which we find a lot of falsehood and lies. You don't show your real face. A lot of people hide behind a pseudonym or a false name because they are afraid of having to bear the consequences by revealing their true feelings (sometimes of hatred) openly. They then fall into egocentricity. The egoist thinks only of himself, of his pleasure. The egocentric wants to refocus everything on his person. This is why, for example, some people divert the subject of the conversation to refocus it on themselves.

This attitude has serious repercussions on our societyThis attitude has serious repercussions on our society. First of all, of course, in the relationship between two people who want to start a family. Because, instead of respecting this commitment formulated at the time of the marriage "I promise to love you, to respect you, and to encourage you, etc. Many actually enter into this relationship thinking only of the benefits, pleasure, and satisfaction they will derive from it. It is therefore not surprising that today so many marriages end in divorces, even among Christians ... The time is long gone when the husband or the wife was ready to make sacrifices so as not to "separate this. whom God has united ”(Mat. 19: 6)

But we realize that selfishness has also entered our churches: We go there only to RECEIVE his blessing, his healing, his "prophetic word", etc. Few go there to GIVE or to render “worship” to God, which implies a sacrifice… Jesus said: “God is Spirit and those who worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24). And speaking of worship or praise, we have come to the point where now praise has become a spectacle (which satisfies our desire for entertainment and satisfies our emotions ...) during which worshiping God in spirit and in truth is a challenge. ...

The Bible tells us of a "sacrifice of praise"The Bible tells us of a “sacrifice of praise” (Hebrews 13:15) which to me means that when I don't feel like praising God, I have to make an effort to praise him. I may even have to get to say to my soul, "Bless the Lord my soul!" May all that is in me bless his holy name! "(Psalm 103: 1)

May 2018 be a new beginning and allow us to consider with a new perspective our way of loving God and of loving our neighbor. This is the remedy for selfishness.

Luke Henrist

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