What’s Wrong With The World

The world has forgotten that we are all made in the image of God and deserve dignity.   Solomon has been looking at life without the existence of God — only under the sun.  He finds several things wrong with the world.

  1. Injustice rules in place of justice.  (Ecc 3:16-22).   Solomon finds that justice is corrupt.  The discongruity is too much for him and he doubts that God will ever make things right.  God will judge the righteous and the wicked. (Psalm 9:16 and Psalm 49:12).
  2. The powerful oppress the powerless.  (Ecc 4:1-3).  Solomon’s love began to wander from the Lord.  He built temples to honor the gods of women he was with — he turned his back on God.  At the end of the day, Solomon’s problem is Solomon.
  3. Competition corrupts contentment.  (Ecc 4:4-6).  This is about rivalry and envy.  In present day, it’s about always trying to keep up with the “Joneses.”  (See also Proverbs 14:30 and Exodus 20:17).  As Thomas Aquinas said, “envy is sorrow at another’s good.”  Find balance in your life.
  4. Riches instead of relationships.  (Ecc 4:7-8).  Better to have little with the fear of the Lord than to have much wealth with turmoil.  (Proverbs 15:16).
  5. Fame is intoxicating but fleeting.  (Ecc 4:13-16).  Wisdom is better than folly and may elevate a commoner to the heights of glory and give him temporary success, but wisdom can’t guarantee him his greatest wish — longevity and perpetual fame.    As David Jeremiah said, “Fame is like a lover to avoid.  Beautiful to the eye, seductive to the spirit and fickle to the end.”

Socrates had it right, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”  What is wrong with the world?  Put simply, “Dear Sirs, I am.  Sincerely, G.K. Chesterton.”

What are you doing with your neighbors and family to change oppression?  Look in the mirror.  Start the change with you.  Make a difference.  Live for Christ.  Be doers of the word, not hearers only for the sake of Christ. (James 1:22-25).

 

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