Streamline with Society
It’s easy to live like the world. Despite this, there’s more to all of us than senseless instinct and desire.
But these people scoff at things they do not understand. Like unthinking animals, they do whatever their instincts tell them, and so they bring about their own destruction.” (Jude 1:10)
This passage in the one chapter book of Jude describes two faults in the world’s mentality. The world teaches people to be cynical concerning things they don’t get or care about, and they just do their own thing–like “unthinking animals.” Sounds almost like a zombie doesn’t it? People living the same way, the same decisions, same desires and dreams. We are told that this is not the way to live. The passage refers to “these people” whom are earlier described in Jude 1:8 as “people—who claim authority from their dreams—[who] live immoral lives, defy authority, and scoff at supernatural beings.” This isn’t really the people that we want to be.
We’re all guilty of scoffing at things we don’t understand. Personally, I do it quite frequently. But more often than nought I end up regretting it, and you would think I would have learned my lesson by now. It’s far better to understand something than to foolishly mock it, but that is often how some people treat God. And not just others–us, too. We don’t understand something about God, or his plans or his power, and we take it for granted. There are countless Psalms and Proverbs on the value of understanding and wisdom, and that’s what we should pursue in place of the carelessness we are taught.
In our search for wisdom, we have to go past our instinct to conform, to fit in. As Christians, we are not called to fit in, but to change the world with God’s love and power–with his redemption. It’s time we all (myself very much included!) were a little less ignorant and instinctive and a little more understanding and standing out.