Doing Your Own Thing–Part II

Tuesday February 22, 2011

This jlog is a continuation of yesterday’s regarding the phrase “Everyone did what they saw fit.” in Part II I want to look at the effects of a society that has the mindset of doing whatever they want without regard to how their actions might effect others.

One of the first things I see in Judges of the effects of this mindset is that the gods of the society would become a snare to the people and cause them to be led astray (Judges 2:3). When there is no absolute ethic that tells us right from wrong, the natural outcome is to be swayed by various things that a society worships and causes our hearts and minds to wonder. There are various gods in our present day society that can be a snare for the best of Gods followers. Pornography is a multi-billion dollar business that pulls at our selfishness desires and rips apart marriages. The movie “The Devil Wears Prada” gave us a glimpse at the clothing industry and it’s desire to snatch would be hearts and pocket books to buy purses and shoes that are over priced because we need them. It is another god that tempts us to getting our focus off what is important. And what about those quads or hogs or spa days that we need to relax. Clothing or material stuff isn’t by itself wrong or bad. It’s when we divert our attention away from the creator of the universe and think that these things will bring us happiness that it becomes wrong.

Another effect of doing what is right in our own eyes happened in Judges 19 where a whole tribe if Israel was wiped out by the other tribes due to the infiltration of a societal culture creeping into the Benjamites. You can read about the story but all the brothers came on their brother and destroyed all but 400 of their own kin. They felt sorry afterwards and tried to fix their mistakes but when we get into the mindset of doing our own thing our priorities get out of whack.

This phrase rings in my ear today as I don’t want to live my life or any part of my life with this kind if mindset of doing what is right in my eyes. God give me a sensitive spirit to follow you wholly.

About James Gorton

I am happily married to Nadine, a person I've known for 20+ years. She and her late husband owned Airpark Auto Service where I took my car for years. Four years after my wife died we began dating and the rest is history. We have a blended family of 6 children between us and love visiting them across this country. We recently had our third grandchild between us. We love to hike, bike and ski. I am a psychologist and do relational life coaching for marriages and families primarily. I love what I do and never get tired of seeing marriages and families move to more healthy places in their lives. Five years ago my oldest daughter Deborah encouraged me to begin writing my thought into a blog I call my Jlog (Jim's log). I have become more and more passionate in connecting everyday experiences to spiritual truths. I hope that as you read my Jlog, you will gain insight into your personal life and experience true growth in your personal and relational life.
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