June 14, 2009

Faithfulness in a Disposable Culture

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:50 am by Editorial Team

The ultimate picture of faithfulness is God’s love.  While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Throughout the Old Testament, God is a God of faith, who remains commited to people in spite of their wicked acts PEN1092and broken commitments.  God’s faithfulness is directly tied to his love, the meaning of which includes the idea of steadfastness, or faithfulness.  The allegory of Israel in Hosea’s story shows how we as his people have constantly bastardized that faithfulness and whored ourselves out to our idols and selfish desires.

So with such a perfect image of faithfulness, why are we so unfaithful?  It is our culture, which has so ingrained itself into our lives.  Our culture prides itself on disposability.  This used to not be the case.  Look at electronics — 30 years ago, when things broke, they could be fixed.  Now, our purchases are intended to break down after a year or two.  Things are either so cheap that they are not worth fixing, or technology is so rapidly changing that it is impossible to fix something that is old.  I have an attic graveyeard of computers to prove it.

Disposability is a mantra of our culture.  Disposable is popular.  It doesn’t require commitment, time, or investment.  Sadly, this mantra permeates our lives.  Everything is disposable, and we pride ourselves on being uncommited.  We don’t just dispose of things — we dispose of people.  Relationships aren’t worth hardships — just dispose of them and move on — find some other friends.  Church not good enough for you — throw it away and find another one.

Disposability causes us to shun commitments.  Why commit if something isn’t meant to last.  “Don’t count on me — I’ll try to come.  If I make it, great, but don’t expect me to.”  How many times have I said something similar.

Our disposable culture is wasting away.  If we continue in this path, we ourselves have become disposable.  But we worship a God of steadfast love.  He is indispensible.  Therefore, we must be like him.  We must make promises, commit to something.

We’ve been taught (blame Plato) that this world is going to disappear and we’re just escaping to a better place (dualism).  However, God is not a God of destruction and throw-aways.  God’s steadfast love is commited to the renewal of this earth.  All that he created is useful and will be restored to its former glory and purpose.  This world is indispensible, our relationships our indispensible, and God will remain faithful.  We must learn to do likewise.

(My lesson in Men’s Bible class today.)

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2 Comments

  1. chris said,

    My Bible teaches me that the earth will be destroyed by fire. LL Peter 3:10. But hey, few got the first advent right so why should they get the second?

  2. Daniel said,

    chris, the word isn’t “destroyed” in Greek — read Revelation 21-22 and Romans 8 — there will be a re-newed earth. The oversimplified eschatology you grew up with will not suffice here.

    P.S. I’m warning you now. Larry is far to gracious to your trolling remarks on his blog. I however, am not, and will have a very low tolerance for your posts here. I will not hesitate to delete your comments if they are off-topic or even sound like propaganda.


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