Today people have a distored view of reality – of the way this cause-and-effect world really operates -and it will lead them down a path of destruction if their view is not corrected. they hold to an “immediate workability” world viewpoint. This is the way they see life and function in life. And, it is the task of believers to help change that distorted view of reality. It is your job and mine to see that people begin to see things from God’s perspective – the only true and accurate way to view reality.
If “immediate workability” is their criterion in making choices, they will be readily induced into instant gratification, temporary fixes, and expedient answers that promise not the provision and protection of God’s ways but deceit and destruction. They will take the easy way out every time. They will not look for what is right and noble but rather for what is easy and workable right now – and accomplished with the least amount of effort.
When “immediate workability” is our way of operating, then taking steriods to enhance athletic performance seems worth doing. If “immediate workability” is the criterion, premarital sex will seem like a viable option. If “immediate workability” is the criterion, cheating may promise easier and more desirable results than studying.
If “immediate workability” is our crtierion, who among us will choose sacrifice over selfishness? Who will choose the cross instead of the culture? Who will choose righteousness rather than self-gratification? If our culture is not helped to see reality from God’s perspective, how will they respond to the call of God, to His will, or to His desires for them?
The Church desperately needs to move people from the distorted and faulty premise upon which they now make choices and help them see God for who He is and how He relates to them. They we will be able to distinguish right from wrong, truth from error, and good from bad. We must help people today to understand that Scripture is a revelation of the living God who wants them to know Him for who He is and respond by entrusting their futures to His soverign will.
People need – I know I sound like a broken record – a spiritual experience or encounter that will transform their pragmatic mindset into such a passionate relationship with God that they readily respond to Jesus’ admonition to “love the Lord your God with your whole heart, soul, mind and strength…” and will thus come to see the world and others the way God sees them and then be able to “love your neighbor as you love yourself” … thus defeating “immediate workability” turning it in for a true view of what is really right and wrong, good and bad, godly and ungodly.
We have a lot of work to do to turn the culture around so that people can see things in a correct light and begin to see God for who He truly is. The Church needs to learn to represent this one true God to the people they are to reach … because only a personal relationship with Him will take away the “immediate” and allow us to consider the “eternal” and remove the “pragmatic” and “workable” for the holy and the just.