“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves.” (Phil 2:3)
There’s an epidemic affecting families, churches, and societies. It’s affecting people I know.
It’s not a threat like terrorism. It’s not a physical disease like SARS or AIDS.
I call it ID. ID stands for “I Deserve”.
If I contract this ID epidemic, I would be easily hurt but not easily satisfied. Whenever something does not go right, I would seek to blame other people for what went wrong. Only when other people completely understands me, when others always thinks of me in everything they do, when others completely respects my opinions and my preferences, would I be satisfied. Otherwise, I would feel hurt; that is, if I have ID.
ID is causing consumerism in churches. ID causes families and marriages to fall apart or go into apathy. ID causes us to look for therapists and counselors for everyday issues in life (like dealing with child discipline, dealing with friendship disputes) that people have dealt with in the past centuries and millenniums without the need for psychological help.
20 years ago, someone actually wrote a book called “I Deserve!”, saying “I deserve love. I deserve to be trusted. I deserve freedom. I deserve friendship. I deserve respect. I deserve sexual pleasure. I deserve happiness.” It sounds absurd, but I think many people really (subconsciously) subscribe to this philosophy.
If anything, we deserve eternal death for our sins.
I hope someone spend some effort curing us of this ID epidemic. Because I’m just tired of seeing ID going around the world, going around churches, going around families, going around my friends.