I grow weary of the entitlement attitude. Whether we are talking about the socio-economic model of progressives or the prosperity gospel version of Christianity. We, and here I am specifically talking about Americans, have come to the conclusion that in our finances, in our health, in our jobs and in our faith, we should be able to exist without pain.
It was never supposed to be that way, it has never been that way, to expect it is the height of stupidity and those of you who think you aren’t supposed to be thus inconvenienced or that the government or “Jeazus!” is SUPPOSED to pull your oh so tender chestnuts out of whatever fire you get yourself into need to pull your head out of your ass.
If our faith was supposed to make our lives easier, as opposed to better, why would a book like Foxe’s Book of Martyrs even exist? If the government was supposed to supplant the market and chance and fate and effort and character and whatever in providing the necessities and luxuries of your life why would you be gifted with health and mental ability and opportunity?
Where did w e go wrong? Why did we relinquish our birthright as free men? Why did we stop freely associating in churches and ethnic societies and fraternal lodges in our efforts to help those truly indigent? What in the world made us think that an impersonal bureaucracy would be better suited to the aid of our fellow man, or that simply throwing some of our money at the government would meet Christ’s command to visit those in prison, to cloth the naked, feed the hungry and comfort the sick?
So, when the rain enters your life, and it will despite the best efforts of government, remember that it is not, likely, a punishment from God but rather the opportunity for growth at the personal level. There are a huge number of examples from nature and from many of my very good friends I could give that show the remarkable effects to the good from struggle, but I am sure each of you can make the same connections. We must, as a society, find a way to embrace the pain and learn and grow…or we will ultimately atrophy to death. Sure as bears crap in the woods.