I am often torn between lamenting the sheer stupidity of people and praising their creative genius. This week we are surely proving that we are capable of both. I suppose if I didn’t watch the evening news I wouldn’t find myself wondering why so few people use logic, reason, or even “common sense”. I wouldn’t marvel at the extremes we are willing to endure for “fifteen minutes of fame”. I wouldn’t ask why America spends so much money on entertainment and so little on education. I wouldn’t be angry over the fact that people lie, cheat, steal, drink, take drugs, and treat others vilely and the “consequences” of their actions seems to be power, fame, money, and accolades.
I thank God for Titus, which I have read three times today. Don’t be impressed…there are only three chapters. However, the little book contains some of the soundest advice in the Bible. Reading it gives me hope.
I thank the IOC for the Olympics so that we can see some of the best athletes in the world. I know there are problems. I know that bad things happen behind the scenes. I know that everyone isn’t competing fairly. However, watching the games gives me a break from crime, violence, and politics.
I’ve been searching for Bible verses about envy and greed, because clearly the twin sins are the cause of many of our problems. We are capable of so much good, but like a child…when we want something we don’t always care what we have to do to obtain it.