Christmas is over, but certain events revealed the selfishness of many. The Bible says the love of money is the root of all evil. The love of money and what it can buy is fueled by selfishness. This was proven by the sneaker frenzy that took place across the country when Air Jordan offered a limited number of a new design of sneakers for the price of $180.00.
In many stores across the nation, security cameras caught the heartless action by would-be buyers who broke down store doors and trampled other people to be the first to get to the limited sneakers on sale. The employees of the stores were terrified of the ‘gang-like’ mentality of the people.
What happened to mutual respect for one another? I believe there are several causes for this type of behavior. Since Roe vs. Wade, America has made it lawful to murder unborn children. Millions of babies have been killed in their mother’s womb – over 4,000 babies are aborted each day in America. This sends a subliminal message that human life has no value. So lack of morals that has its root in selfishness says, “I can have sex any time I want with whomever and if I get pregnant, I can kill the consequences of my action.” That same selfishness tramples others physically and emotionally without any feeling of guilt or wrongdoing.
With the tough economy, people will figure out ways to scam others for money. So someone decides, if I can get a pair of those limited edition sneakers for $180.00, then maybe I could sell them for a $1,000.00 on the Internet. That is based on greed that is rooted in selfishness.
Being selfish is having no consideration for others in pursuit of obtaining what you desire. It’s another definition of being heartless. As a counselor, I see selfishness as the root of all relational problems. It’s me, myself and I. I want my way in everything and I’m going to do whatever makes me feel good!
What most people refuse to accept is that they are acting just like old Lucifer, the devil. His pride and selfishness got him thrown out of Heaven. He wanted to be like God. He wanted the worship of the other angels. God threw him to the earth with the curse of eternal damnation. The sneaker frenzy is rooted in the same heartless selfishness.
Jesus came to earth in a robe of flesh to bring peace on earth and goodwill to all men. Our actions tell others whether we are following in Jesus’ footsteps or in the devil’s footsteps. I’m determined to follow peace and goodwill and not the sneaker frenzy.
Carol Clemans is a Cert. Pastoral Counselor/Christian Life Coach/nationwide speaker. She provides nationwide counseling by phone & web cam (636) 448-0121. Go to: www.carolclemans.org for teaching CD’s and new book: GOD’S DESIGN FOR MARRIAGE.
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