Mature people take responsibility for their actions, but an immature one passes the blame. Perhaps one of the reasons behind this behavioural pattern is because we can’t predict or control the impact of our actions most times.
One of the functions of the prophet or preacher is to highlight future consequences of our actions, with a view that we avert them through effective change. But sadly, they are most times perceived as killjoys, social misfits or party poopers.
We see a beautiful example in one of Moses’ address as part of his nation building agenda;
If the Lord makes you wealthy, but you don’t joyfully worship and honor him, he will send enemies to attack you and make you their slaves. Then you will live in poverty with nothing to eat, drink, or wear, and your owners will work you to death.
Notice he presciently used the word, “If” – denoting our sense of choice.
In Human Geography there is a saying that “Water finds its level”. This simply means that voids have to be filled. So at the expense of a worshipful life, we have one that is always wanting and longing. We drift from one buzz to a higher, under the deception that we are free. Soon we are no longer in control, but slaves to these fleeting desires.
In the words of Ravi Zecharias;
Don’t mistake empty-mindedness for open-mindedness
So… Fill that void with the right stuff!