The example is, (at least in my opinion) an excellent indication of just how mixed up our priorities are. Very often we’re more worried about wearing the latest fashion fad than having food on the table or medication necessary for an illness. It’s more important to have an iPhone or other social media gadget than getting an education. It’s of greater consequence to have the “hottest and fastest” car on the block than being able to pay off our credit card bills. Going to a sports event is more essential than spending time with our children. There is a major imbalance, here!
There was a time when the United States pulled together even in a crisis. WW II brought people together in a number of ways. Economically, the war ended the Great Depression because millions of Americans worked to create weapons. The business sector grew and flourished as the “New Deal” programs were put into effect and Americans met the challenge of what was asked of them, even buying bonds to help finance the cost of the war. Communities worked together to save metals, rubber and other items; and planted “victory gardens” and even created and sang songs of optimism and belief in the cause. People were aware of what was happening around them and involved. I'm not condoning war, but I think the unity created in spite of the crisis is striking and certainly note worthy.
Is our country anything like this description now? I contend it is not. If you asked your young person general political questions, could he answer? Does your teenager know the capitals of these United States? Does he know who our allies or enemies are when discussing other countries? Could he define “freedom” and what cost our freedom really is? Does he understand the threat from terrorists? I suggest our young people or even many teenagers don’t know the answers to these questions, but I wonder what of adults?
Sadly, even adults have become complacent about those things which really matter. We’ve become dependent on television for entertainment, rather than spending time with our children; we seldom pick up a book to read and instead watch movies; and place an already prepared dinner “fresh from the supermarket” into the microwave for dinner or pick one up at the local carry out instead of preparing the meal from “scratch” from veggies we grew in the garden; and haven’t the slightest idea how hammer a nail, thread a needle, change the oil in a car or a hundred other things “everybody” knew thirty or forty years ago, because it’s easier to pay someone else to do it…or discard it and buy new.
I challenge you to consider your priorities. Are they aligned with what is good and right? Is your faith, family and country at the top of the list? What order do you place what’s really important or do you even have an order? Is it time for a change?