What Ever Happened to Individual Responsibility?

The moral decline of America continues unabated. The governing powers manifest this immoral state. Contributing factors are many, but one stands out in my own mind. It is that of individual responsibility. It is as scare as hen’s teeth in this ‘modern progressive’ society.

People today are irresponsible beyond belief when compared to the early years of our nation, and not too many years back. Today, people depend on others to control their fat and calorie intake, refusing to take personal responsibility for their own health and well being. No one forces them to eat junky, fake, manufactured ‘food’, but people eat it anyway, because to them, it is the responsibility of the producers of the garbage eaten to determine how much is consumed. The same folks, bless their hearts, prefer to search for processed and manufactured foods off the grocery shelves for fat and calorie free products – which are poisoning them – rather than get off their rear-ends and exercise the body to keep the blubber off. Then they have the audacity to proclaim, “I’ve tried everything and nothing seems to work.” Ignorance and irresponsibility.

In the realm of child safety, parents are not willing to be personally responsible for their children. Oh no, they turn this over to industry or big government bureaucrats. Every toy, the house and everything in it now requires a warning label for parents in regard to the safety of their children. Parents have stopped thinking, and now let others do the thinking for them – without even thinking about it! Whatever happened to the mother and father having the responsibility for the welfare of their offspring? Who needs a warning label to tell a responsible parent that certain objects, if swallowed by a child (who will put just about anything in their mouths), could result in choking? Seriously? The child is not going to read the warning label, and if the child chokes, instead of the parent taking responsibility for their neglect and irresponsibility, they sue the manufacturer! It has almost become a return to the ancient times of the Greeks and Romans, when parents were relieved of child rearing and the children were turned over to a paid teacher. Of course, the government and government-run schools have assumed the role for this present, irresponsible age.

According to Scripture, child rearing is a personal responsibility of the parents. One of the sad sins of David is recorded in I Kings, chapter one. David, in regard to one of his own children, Adonijah, who sought to be king in violation of God’s revealed will, was charged with a terrible crime:

His father had never at any time displeased him by asking, “Why have you done thus and so?” He was also a very handsome man, and he was born next after Absalom. (1:6).

This was the direct result of a father not taking personal and individual responsibility for the life and welfare of his offspring. Ephesians, chapters 5 and 6 speak volumes to those who would be responsible for the family, the vital element of a stable society, and who profess to follow Christ and His teachings.

Sadly, vast numbers of those who profess Christ, have abandoned His teaching and turned to the priests of the world, the psychologists and the Dr. Spock’s, for instruction. Certainly, to those who are truly followers of Christ, there is no better instruction for every member of the family than that which is given in the epistle of Ephesians. Sparing the rod has spoiled the children and failed to instill personal responsibility. You see then, how ‘modern progress’ has perverted the truth.

Where is the personal responsibility for workers who handle dangerous tools and work in places where danger is always present? Does anyone really need to tell you that a chain saw can be dangerous? Do you need a warning label to tell you that it might kill a man? Does anyone need to be told that a tree being felled poses a life danger when being cut? Or that a ‘widow maker’, a rotten limb high in the tree which the wind could bring down on your head, may cause death or serious discomfort? If workers took personal responsibility, there would be no need for the state or OSHA to protect you. Caution and due diligence when working with tools and potentially dangerous situations is your own responsibility. What happened that the present generation is so devoid of this individual and self-sufficient approach to  life? Where are the parents to instill this thinking into a child’s mind and heart, and who depend on the grace of God to make it stick?

The powers that be have created a welfare state in which to maintain their greedy grip upon the population and control events to their advantage, and to their shame, irresponsible adults let them. Whatever happened to the common sense and Scriptural warning to man in Proverbs:

Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest. – Proverbs 6:6-8

Whatever happened to the Biblical work ethic which was established in the Paradise of God before the fall of man? Whatever happened to the mandate of the Christian faith which declares, “If anyone is not willing to work, let him not eat.” (2 Thessalonians 3:10). If you’re not willing to work, you should be really hungry right now. It ought to be clear to all that the hippie generation of Hillary and Bill Clinton have long rejected these mandates of liberty and well-being for a godless state in which tradition and the true biblical faith are to have no place. They not only wish for a totalitarian state, but a one world government of man at the exclusion of God.

Thomas Edison, who was a thinker, when asked a question as to where he got all of his ideas, stated: “One percent of the people think. Nine percent think they think and ninety percent never think.” I have no idea where he got his statistics, but he may well have been right. The present generation is willing to let big government do all the thinking for them. People without personal experience and responsibility doing the thinking for those who have both. What a circus.

Where are the prudent souls, the wise, for this day of national crisis? The foolish abound who will believe the lie; that black is white and white is black; that, like a lapdog, will be faithful to others who drop crumbs from the rich man’s table.

But whatever happened to individual responsibility? There will be no stability in our nation until there is a return to this vital ingredient of personal and individual responsibility for our own actions.This present generation seems to have given up their liberties to those who will do the thinking for them. If you happen to be one of these, you do know what it means do you not?

It means you have an incredibly low view of Scripture and of God, for ignoring His Word which tells us to take responsibility for our actions, and for thinking for ourselves.

If you will not think for yourselves, you have made your bed, go and lie down, enslaved, and wait to die.