Has America Lost Its Sense of Humanity?

hu-man-i-ty –  humanness; benevolence; compassion; brotherly love; kindness

I have great concerns about our society!

When I read and hear of nasty, vicious comments about the death of Ruth Bader Ginsberg or President Donald Trump getting the Covid-19 virus, it makes me question where we are as a society.  There is no question, at least in my mind, that our society has been in a decline for a number of years.  I wonder now if we are not in a nose dive.

I don’t remember all of the details, but I do remember when I was much younger about people in New York City, stepping over or around a body lying on the sidewalk. It was shocking at the time, because the country, as a whole, still had some sense of humanity. We cared about our fellow man.

We jump forward to current events and we find people randomly “sucker punching” innocent people walking down a sidewall. Or someone randomly choosing to shoot someone. Or people rioting and destroy small businesses, hurting their neighbors.

I will not go as far as to say, we have ALL lost our compassion. There are still acts of kindness and concern being shown. Perhaps, with social media, we are more exposed to the inner thoughts of our fellow citizens. It seems few restrain themselves in expressing their opinion on any given subject, regardless of their knowledge on the subject, but it is stated with all the authority and confidence of a keyboard warrior.

My concerns seem to focus on how my brothers and sisters in Christ react to the events of the day. The Lord spoke of not being overly concerned about how you will be taken care of for the day (Matt. 6:25-34) or that we should focus on the way of the world (2 Corinthians 6:14-18), but rather, the Christian is to live a life that is different from the way of the world, we are to follow God’s teachings from the Bible.

Do you remember Jesus teaching on the subject of salt? He said in Matthew 6:13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses it savor, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.” Why would Jesus refer to His people as salt? In context, He was talking about being persecuted and being insulted because they were followers of Jesus.

He was speaking of a purpose for Christians. Salt adds favor. Salt preserves. It is my belief that we add favor and we are preservatives in our society, but what is the result if we lose our savor in society?

I have heard stories of how the church had influence on society, back in the day (liquor stores closed on Sunday/ car sales not allow on Sunday/ no school events on Wednesday night or on Sunday), but that’s not the case now.

In Oklahoma, politicians and special interest groups promised great things would happen in our state, IF liquor by the drink/parimutuel betting on horse races/casinos/ medical marijuana/etc. would be legalized and our tax base would soar and we would be in need of nothing. Everything would be great!!

Well, all of those things did pass. Most passed with little or no opposition from “the church”. Could it be, church members were supporting those things? Could it be, many have lost their ability to ADD flavor of good character, good morals, hard work, and ethics? Could it be, we are afraid to stand against the evil of society because we enjoy and approve of the way things are? After all, one doesn’t have to go into a liquor store now to get strong beer or a bottle of wine, you can pick it up in Walgreens or Crest Supermarket, while you get your prescription or your bananas!

Salt has been used as a preservative for ages. It is used to dry foods (drawing the water out) and it kills microbes, including the bacteria that causes food poisoning

Proverbs 15:1 says, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”

I’ve been in my share of Baptist church business meetings that I had hoped that this verse would have been applied. If we don’t get along with one another, in our family unit, in our churches, how are we going to preserve the good things in our communities? Here is something to think about: community (co-unity) meaning to live together as one. Do we have the integrity to respond with a gentle answer in lieu of taking someone’s head off in our answer? Would a gentle answer help build a relationship and thereby preserve our society?

Have we gone too far with our self-centered ways that we can’t turn back and do the right thing towards our fellow man? I don’t think we have, but things need to start changing toward civility and goodness and kindness to make it happen. Will you join me in this effort?

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:32