I’m launching into a series of posts on a crucial topic. In order to keep the continuity of the message, I am going to post them back to back over the next week and a half. I trust the Father’s wisdom in this and pray they minister to you.
The issue of this series has the power of life or death to our destinies. I originally wrote on this subject in 2012, and I considered publishing it as a Kindle book. In that light, I asked someone very close to me to review and edit what I’d written. Instead, they murdered the message. It was clear they suffered from the very issue I had addressed, and all my zeal and joy for the material died with their ravaging.
After that, I gave it to others for review, and what I found is that this work was not only right-on, but also very powerful to deal with the subject. Since then, it’s taken me over a year to even desire that it be resurrected. And as I sit with what I wrote, during a time of prayer and fasting, I’m asking for it to be birthed with new Life. I originally had such an amazing passion for this topic and believed the Lord was giving me tremendous insight and revelation for freedom. I now simply trust the Lord with the timing of its release, as well as its demise and ultimate resurrection. I truly can thank Him now for the delay! Communicating it today will be so much better; I have grown over the past year and a half. I joked with Jennifer, if you’re using an “amazing” Ginsu® knife, you don’t need to scrunch up your face and push hard. I feel the delivery of this series of messages doesn’t need any forceful strength; the topic is strong enough on its own. It’s a now-word for the culture we live in, and here is why.
There’s deadly pandemic infecting our world
There is a chronic ailment that’s becoming an epidemic in our world—a deadly pandemic. Our society is plagued with this issue. If we don’t experience it as we interact in our world, then we see and hear of its effects in our media. This pandemic is on the rise! It celebrates the most bestial parts of humanity and rewards our lowest nature. It’s the bane of human existence and a wall that stands against our experiencing the blessing of the Lordship and Sovereignty of God. What is this pandemic? Entitlement!
If you want to see how the pandemic of entitlement manifests in the wild, you can look at how the media is reporting it. (The links below might be disturbing to some. They contain violent imagery. Please feel free to not follow the links!)
- Knockout game is killing innocent civilians.
- Black Friday at Walmart: Chaos, Many Hurt Around the Country
- Stun-Gun Mall Fight
Now, these are extreme videos of entitled people as reported in the media. Imagine being entitled to another human’s suffering for your own amusement. That says, “I’m entitled to whatever I want, even at the cost of your wellbeing for my enjoyment.” Or in the other videos, these lost individuals are entitled to receive what they want and will get it no matter who it hurts or how they must act.
We can all recoil at these grotesque displays of godlessness. Common decency is replaced with animalistic behavior. Mankind can so easily be worked into frenzy – none of us are immune. It shocks us and gains our attention just long enough to award the media outlet with advertising revenue. And there’s probably enough distance from these acts, and us, so we can remain uninvolved. We might say, “Well, I’m not doing that!” But entitlement doesn’t just manifest itself in the hordes. No, entitlements are seen in our littlest heart attitudes, and that’s where it’s the deadliest. In this series, I’m not writing about how entitlement hurts people in a one-time shot or singular event. I’ll be addressing the subtle entitlement that damages daily, for years and years.