Dangers of the “I Don’t Care” Attitude

January 26, 2016

                    Dangers of the “I Don’t Care” Attitude

Does it matter to you that others are hurt by your actions?  If it doesn’t, then I’m sorry, but you have an “I don’t care” attitude.  Maybe you say, “I just hurt people I don’t know.” Even then, you eventually hurt yourself and those who love you.  There are laws against hurting people, even those you don’t know.  Sooner or later you will fall under the clutches of the long arm of the law.

All over the country broken hearted parents are in the waiting rooms of county jails.  They are there because a son or daughter has been arrested and incarcerated.  They love their son or daughter or they wouldn’t be there.  Many times they are willing to pay a lawyer and bail them out.  They can’t believe a child of theirs would do such a thing, but they have to face reality.

The law is usually lenient on “first offenders.” Sometimes they just go to jail for a short time for “shock treatment.”  It is hoped that with that they will repent and never do it again.  That works for some, but those with the “I don’t care” attitude will be back again.

God, our maker, has given us freedom of the will.  That means when you get out from under the supervision of your parents you can make your own choices.  Trees and plants don’t have freedom of the will.  To a certain extent, animals have it.  Sometimes dogs run away and get run over on the highway.  Cats may jump up on the kitchen counter and eat food that was prepared for human consumption.  When they do, they may be chased out of the house with a broom and left out in the rain.  You too, if you make bad choices, will face the consequences.  You need to know how to put limits on your liberty.  (See my article on this web page entitled “Liberty With Limits” under “Various Themes”)

You are poorly educated if you haven’t learned to place limits on our liberty.  You are in danger of hurting yourself and others; even those who love you.  Most parents make an effort to teach their children that there are limits to their liberty.  Many times they don’t make as much of an effort as they should.  In our society, they are somewhat limited because the law doesn’t always let them use corporal (physical) discipline.  Our society is then forced to resort to jail time as an effort to teach people lessons they could have learned in childhood when they were much more teachable.  A young tree can be made to grow in a different direction, but once it is older it’s almost impossible.

Don’t blame your parents or society.  If you are going to enjoy life, you will need to educate yourself as to the limits you need to put on your liberty.  The best and quickest way to learn that is found in the word “love.” It isn’t romantic love, but the love you owe to others.  Romans 12:9-10 says, “Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another.” We won’t want to hurt those we love.

Our first obligation is to love God.  In Matthew 22:37-39  Jesus reduced the Ten Commandments to two.  They are these, “Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.   This is the first and great commandment.   And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”  With God’s help, we can even love our enemies.  That’s what God tells us to do in Luke 6:27.  “But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you.”  If you have love in your heart for your family, your friends, even your enemies, it will give you a great deal of discernment about what is right and wrong.

A great turning around takes place when you come into the right relationship with God.  Don’t ignore the fact that God loves you more than anyone on earth.  John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” He loved you so much that he was willing to give his son, Jesus, to die in your place so you could be forgiven and have everlasting life.  God loves you, but you have hurt him over and over again by things you have said and done.  You need to come to him and ask him to forgive you.  Then ask him to make you a child of his as it says in John 1:12.  “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.”  In John 14:15 Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” It isn’t hard to obey someone we love.

Love for God and others will give you victory over the “I don’t care” attitude.  You can’t undo the past, but with God’s help you can get your life turned around.  You can stop hurting others, especially those who love you, because you love them.  II Corinthians 6:2 says, “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”  Don’t wait until tomorrow.  Why don’t you pray now and ask God to forgive you?  It will be the beginning of a new and wonderful life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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