I bought a package of roasted and salted Brazil nuts. The package has a label. The label includes a warning. My nuts, it seems, were processed in a plant that produces nuts. Wow. That’s just, … what’s the word I’m looking for?
I get it, though. We have allowed a society to develop in which no one feels accountable for their own actions — and especially their own mistakes. So if someone is irresponsible in governing the food they eat or give to their family, that one is emboldened and empowered to sue someone. I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that someone would be willing to testify in open court that he was stupid and irresponsible enough to give his child nuts from a package of nuts, even though the child is allergic to nuts, simply because the label on the package did not tell him it would be dangerous.
Used to be, people were embarrassed when they were made to look foolish. In the YouTube generation, though, there’s big money in being an idiot. It beats working, anyway.
Personally, I think it’s nuts to sit idly by, waiting for circumstances to drop a big bag of money on your head. Whatever happened to personal financial responsibility?
I’ll tell you. The same thing that happened to personal spiritual responsibility. It has become persona non grata in our postmodern world. God says, “work out your salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12). God says, “It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Hebrews 10:31). Man says, “I’d rather do whatever I want and hope I catch God in a good mood on judgment day.”