We live in a pretty rotten society.
I don’t have to give you examples to support my claim because even you, dear reader, knows this to be true. But first, shout out to all Chelsea fans. Back to the point- my generation, we twenty-somethings, are driven mostly by money and are obsessed with the idea of making it big. We envy and idolize not just those in our age bracket that have made it, but those who have made it BIG. We want to be like them- right now. There lie our misplaced values. It’s no longer about following our life purpose but rather about how to acquire money and in the shortest amount of time.
I noted that our parents’ generation is equally rotten. Those in power are doing nothing to lift up the nation, leaving work they should actually be doing to NGOs and other such bodies. These days, no matter where one works, it is about where you can ‘eat’ and people constantly asking, ‘What is in it for me?’ Manipulation, incompetency, outright lies and scheming are now the norm. We stopped getting angry and complaining about these injustices so nowadays we just shrug.
There is something my close friend Goodness said that made me realize that the Kenyan culture is quite dysfunctional. She stated that people assume she had money all the time just because she was an international student. In my eyes I could say that she did have money but only used it on things that mattered. She wasn’t out buying expensive clothes, going out with friends and ever buying lunches at the cafeteria. She saved money and bought things that were important (laptop, camera, phone) and that were of lasting value. She, to some extent, paid a price to own such things. Because of these things, people would want her to buy things for them. If she needed help with something it sometimes came with a ‘then si you buy me…’
Money is nice. Don’t let extremist lie to you. The issue is how we use it. The same camera that captures televangelists is the same one used to film pornography. The camera here is not at fault. If anything, it is impartial.
As I was thinking about this issue it made me wonder if our grandparents and those before them are to blame for the wrong values seen in our parents that we, their children, are taking up. I asked my mum this question and she told me that is not the case. High moral standards were upheld in those days but what did us in was the exposure to international culture. When Kenya was a young nation, our leaders did not set national wholesome values that we as a nation could and should uphold so we just soaked up all the good and bad that came in through the media. Those who had good values were offed, jailed or beaten.
She also let me to 2 Timothy 3: 1-8. The verses are courtesy of Bible Gateway, amplified version.
1 But understand this, that in the last days will come (set in) perilous times of great stress and trouble [hard to deal with and hard to bear].
2 For people will be lovers of self and [utterly] self-centered, lovers of money and aroused by an inordinate [greedy] desire for wealth, proud and arrogant and contemptuous boasters. They will be abusive (blasphemous, scoffing), disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy and profane.
3 [They will be] without natural [human] affection (callous and inhuman), relentless (admitting of no truce or appeasement); [they will be] slanderers (false accusers, troublemakers), intemperate and loose in morals and conduct, uncontrolled and fierce, haters of good.
4 [They will be] treacherous [betrayers], rash, [and] inflated with self-conceit. [They will be] lovers of sensual pleasures and vain amusements more than and rather than lovers of God.
5 For [although] they hold a form of piety (true religion), they deny and reject and are strangers to the power of it [their conduct belies the genuineness of their profession]. Avoid [all] such people [turn away from them].
6 For among them are those who worm their way into homes and captivate silly and weak-natured and spiritually dwarfed women, loaded down with [the burden of their] sins [and easily] swayed and led away by various evil desires and seductive impulses.
7 [These weak women will listen to anybody who will teach them]; they are forever inquiring and getting information, but are never able to arrive at a recognition and knowledge of the Truth.
8 Now just as [a]Jannes and Jambres were hostile to and resisted Moses, so these men also are hostile to and oppose the Truth. They have depraved and distorted minds, and are reprobate and counterfeit and to be rejected as far as the faith is concerned.
Doesn’t that just sum everything up? So don’t be too shocked about what is happening around us. These are the last days. Check yourself; do any of these things mentioned in scripture sound like you?
Disclaimer: All views expressed here are grossly generalized to make a point. This does not speak of all persons in society.