A Glimpse of the Future: Paul Predicts Crazytown
Welcome to Crazytown! I’m glad you’re all here. Before I show you around, I should let you know some things have changed. Let me just go right down the list:
- Here in Crazytown, good is bad.
- Bad can be good.
- We now use the word truth and belief interchangeably (we get along much better that way!)
- You can share your truth.
- You can’t share your beliefs (well, you can, but not too much).
- Life isn’t life anymore (it’s whatever you want it to be).
- Death isn’t death anymore (it’s whatever you hope it to be).
Yes, I know it’s a lot to take in, but we’ve progressed a lot here in Crazytown. We’re living in different times. Please, let me continue:
- In Crazytown, you are the most important thing.
- Boasting is encouraged (we call it self-promotion).
- Pride builds confidence, and we worship self-esteem.
- You should pursue whatever you desire. No exceptions! (Unless you desire not to follow this rule, then, please make an exception).
- Breaking a truce is acceptable based on the situation.
- Thankfulness is optional. You deserve a lot.
- Deference to parental wisdom shall be ceased on the 18th birthday, at which time able-bodied children will be sent away to school or work. The familial bonds fostered during childhood and adolescence are expected to wane as a result of geographic relocation, the substitution of electronic social interaction, and the American cultural norm of general disconnection post high school graduation.
- All traditional notions of “good” and “morality” shall be consistently challenged, replaced, and/or despised.
What? Yes you’re in the right place. No, we didn’t make a wrong turn. At least not literally. Please, it will all make sense when I’m finished:
- In Crazytown, litigation should be pursued when convenient (guilt on the part of the accused is optional).
- There’s a new 1st commandment: You shall love yourself (you are God) with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.
- There’s a new 2nd commandment, too: You shall love your pleasures as you love yourself.
- We accept all the good things made possible by God, but no longer acknowledge his reality or power.
Well, we’re almost done. There’s one final change for me to share with you. Here in Crazytown we call it the Pyritean Rule:
- Do unto others, after you have done something for yourself.
Okay, that’s it! I hope you enjoy your stay. Welcome to Crazytown.
I wish I could take credit for the ideas presented above, but I can’t. The Apostle Paul predicted Crazytown in 2 Timothy, Chapter 3 verses 2-7.
“In the last days perilous times will come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good Traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. (KJV)
Of all the descriptions listed above, the last sentence disturbs me the most. Always learning, but never able to arrive at the truth, or willing to accept it when it’s discovered.
You don’t have to live in Crazytown.
If you’ve ever given your heart to Jesus, He’s waiting for you to come back home. If you haven’t, then you should consider His invitation.
Let go of your pride.
Let go of yourself.
Let go of the human hypocrisy tarnishing your view of a holy and blameless God.
Let go of your pain, your anger, your past.
We are willing to try anything these days.
Will you try Jesus?
About Jason B. Ladd
Jason is an author, speaker, Marine, and father of seven. He has flown the F/A-18 Hornet as a Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron 1 (MAWTS-1) Instructor Pilot and the F-16 as an Instructor Pilot. His award-winning book One of the Few: A Marine Fighter Pilot’s Reconnaissance of the Christian Worldview has been optioned for film adaptation. He is represented by Julie Gwinn of The Seymour Agency.