It’s very easy to blame our problems or insecurities on the world around us.
"Oh I’m insecure about my body because of the media and advertising."
"I struggle with lust because our culture is so sexualized."
"I’m cynical about the church because of all the hypocritical Christians."
"I’m discontent and materialistic because of advertising."
"World hunger could be solved with the amount of money Americans spend on potato chips every year."
But then we push forward with our reform and our causes and our grand ideas for change, hoping to change the world around us so that subconsciously maybe we can fix ourselves.
And we barely even stop to consider that the only one person we can 100% effect change on is ourselves. And we’re the ones.
We’re the ones who buy beauty products and clothes because we feel insecure about our bodies and in turn fuel the ads for those products.
We’re the ones who are over sexualized, calling for and creating those things in our culture.
We’re the Christian hypocrites.
Advertising works because we’re discontent and materialistic.
We’re the ones who buy chips.
So I’m not saying let’s not try to change people around us. I’m just saying let’s first be sure to change ourselves before we take up arms to change others.
Because the “causes” of are problems are caused by our problems, and a cause isn’t the solution to our problems.
Our problems are sin.
So there’s really only one solution to all of it.