Do you find yourself overwhelmed with life? Do you notice that more and more of your friends are suffering with anxiety and depression? Does your modern lifestyle feel almost unbearable most days? Are you living each week for a day or two off, and feeling empty again the night before you return to work or school? I found myself in exactly that situation just a little over two years ago. So much so, that I left a good job of fifteen years and moved my family a thousand miles away from home. It didn’t take me long to figure out that you can’t run away from it. It goes wherever you go. It wasn’t the job that had me it was the culture around me.
After you finish reading this post, please take a minute and think through what follows. About twenty years ago I first read the “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by the late Dr. Stephen Covey. One of the points that Dr. Covey made in the book was that true effectiveness, fulfillment, and success in life have their foundation on common principles of character. He mentioned things like Integrity, hard work, honesty, and trust among many others. This was a clue to where I would find the ultimate answer, but being a little denser than most, it took me over twenty years to piece it all together. Even though it had never been far from me. There are three basic types of cultures. The first is one where the few rule the many and dictate what must be done. The second is one where a common set of moral principles are held by the majority and the influence of those principles guides the majority. The third type of culture is one where everyone determines ultimate right and wrong based on their opinion. The first kind of culture we find in countries like Iran, the second is what America used to be, and the third is where America is right now.
About six months after moving to my new home, I came across a video from Ravi Zacharias International Ministries where Dr. Ravi Zacharias was explaining these three types of cultures. Like a lightning bolt, it hit me. It wasn’t just the long hours at work, smart phones, or constant communications and information that was causing my lack of fulfillment. It was that everywhere I looked in society, people were no longer trusting and caring for one another. We were no longer able to discuss our differences with respect. There was no longer a sense of right or wrong in our world. Our politicians were and still are unable to compromise. Truth is no longer sought, it is only ones view of the truth that they search for. Where do right and wrong find their origin? You can search science and history and you can’t find them. You may find scientist or neuro biologist who will provide a theory, but in the end, they are motivated by more than science.
I could spend days writing about all the intellectual cases that I could use to make the case that Jesus Christ died on the cross to save us, and I could recount all of the nearly miraculous ways in which God has changed my life, but what I really want is for you to give serious thought to what has been written here and seek the truth for yourself. The future of our world depends on it.