“Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. But look for Christ, and you will find Him, and with Him everything else thrown in.” ~ C. S. Lewis
Following on the State of the Union Address last night, I would be most likely to say that the state of the union is not strong. The state of the union is fractured. This fracture is not the result of any one person or any one party, as much as some people would like to claim. This fracture was a long time coming. It began with Adam and Eve.
Yes. That story talks about how we turned our backs on God and decided that we were going to fulfill our own desires, with or without God. The penalty for that was a rift from God, a rift so strong that it would take the coming of His Son — as well as the death and resurrection of His Son — to repair.
Yet, even though the rift was repaired and the way to heaven was opened to us, our human nature still tempts us to look away from God and to look to the fulfillment of our own dreams and desires. Sometimes, those dreams and desires are not all that bad. They may even be quite altruistic. Other times, our dreams and desires can be downright raunchy and dangerous: dangerous to self, to others, and to our very souls. If we attempt to fulfill those longings, we will find exactly what C.S. Lewis enumerates. We will find hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay.
We were made for more than that. We were not made for hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay. We were made for love, unity, hope, joy, completeness, and perfection. Those things are not found in the world. Those can only be found in God. We could try to fool ourselves all that we want; however, it is only in God that we can find fulfillment.
We need to quit looking elsewhere. If you are looking for harmony, love, and concord today, you will find them in Christ.
FAITH ACTION: Look for the right thing and do the right thing in all that you attempt today.