Featured in the January, 2012 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News
Civilization has come to mean convenience, and convenience means throwaways. Almost anything may be disposable.
We have disposable handkerchiefs, table napkins, plates, cups, glasses, flatware, towels, diapers, and even disposable clothes.
We assume small appliances are disposable. If the iron or hair dryer or radio does not work, then throw it away. If the price of replacement is less than the cost of repair, how can we afford to do otherwise?
Almost everything we buy comes in a throwaway container. Old people remember going to the store and seeing big barrels, big boxes, and big bags, and buying most things from these bulk supplies. No more! We have made progress!
We are now sanitary and civilized and so smart that sometimes the package costs ten times the amount of the product it contains. If great progress means great waste, then we have achieved. We have become so advanced that we now buy disposable bags in which to dispose other disposables. The time was when only a fool bought something with the intention of throwing it away, but now disposability is part of our culture.
The mind benders from Madison Avenue have led us to believe that convenience is more important than thrift, and that what we used to call laziness is now simply part of enjoying the good life. The interwoven themes subtly replay in the commercials: Don’t burden yourself; do not work more than you have to; avoid responsibility; don’t get trapped in anything; take life easy; be good to yourself; pamper yourself; don’t let anything get in the way of your personal enjoyment!
It seems so easy and so sensible to enjoy a meal and not have any pots and pans to scrub, no dishes to wash, no napkins or tablecloth to launder. All is promptly discarded. We use them and throw them away. But have you ever felt used and then thrown away?
Yes, we do have disposable people. Last year over 1,000,000 babies were disposed of through abortion, which is the leading cause of death in the United States. Why bother with the baby which will tie you down, make you work, and restrict your fun? After all, we live in a throwaway society!
Not only do we have disposable babies, but also disposable marriages. After you have what you personally desire from the marriage, then discard your partner, and of course, you must not feel any guilt about it.
Fornication, which is now styled “living together”, fits into the throwaway philosophy. Use the girl to satisfy your sexual urges and then when your lusts lead you elsewhere, simply discard the sullied person.
It seems to be an easy step from disposable things to disposable people. There is one church that has a disposable membership. Each year it simply abolishes the entire membership. Then, each person who wants to continue must join again. It surely is a progressive, streamlined way to clean up the church roll; no agonizing prayer, no heartfelt concern or seeking out the straying, the unconcerned and the backslidden. The shepherd does not seek out the sheep, he simply disposes of them.
Another church does not count on its workers serving more than two years. If they “burn out”, that is their problem. After all, don’t we have disposable people?
However, even a casual reading of the Bible leads one to understand that people are not disposable. Each individual has untold value in the sight of God; the little child, the weak, the aged, and the handicapped. Each one of us is loved so much that Christ died for us all. No life is to be wasted. No person is to be discarded. God is “not willing that any should perish” (II Peter 3:9).
Hell becomes the dumping place for people who did not realize their tremendous worth. Christ died for you so you do not have to become an eternal discard. You are worth more than the whole world, for Jesus said, “What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36).
Do not think less of yourself than God does. Do not waste your life, but turn from sin that destroys you to God who loves you and has prepared heaven for you. God does not see you as disposable.
You were not created to become a throwaway. It was not intended that you fill some little space on this earth for only a little time and then be blotted out. It is God’s will that you repent of sin and receive Christ as your Savior, that you may have eternal life as a gift and live forever with God in heaven. “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” (John 3:16).
God wants to save you for His glory – not dispose of you!