I grew up listening to country music thanks to my parents and grandparents, who were fans. There is a country song that was released back in 1980 by a man named Johnny Lee called ‘Looking for Love in all the Wrong Places‘ and it is one of those tunes that gets in your head to stay. Here is the chorus in part:
I was lookin’ for love in all the wrong places,
Lookin’ for love in too many faces,
searchin’ their eyes and lookin’ for traces
of what I’m dreamin’ of.
When I take in human behavior as a whole, this song keeps popping into my mind.
Human beings were created with the capacity for, and desire to have relationship. When we look at the account of creation in Genesis we see that “Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” (Genesis 2:18) Later on in chapter 3 we learn that God walked in the garden with Adam and Eve, and can conclude that they had face to face relationship and communion with Him. We are also created with an innate knowledge that we are created for eternity (Ecclesiastes 3:11). I have written before about this sense of eternity and how one cannot imagine not existing. Because of our sin nature, we suppress the truth in unrighteousness (Romans 1:18), which you all have heard me say many, many times.
All of these characteristics of our make-up work together to create people who are looking and longing for relationship, and yet are spiritually blinded by their own suppressing of the truth of the only thing that can satisfy: God.
Most recently I have seen this worked out in the mass identification with various political parties and politicians, the Women’s March, and the Black Lives Matter movement. I see it each and every day when people post feel-good stories about individuals doing good deeds, placing themselves in danger for the sake of another, or giving sacrificially to a charity or person who has fallen on hard times. The proliferation of positive-thinking quotes, moral platitudes and axioms are all results of this quest to satiate that which was designed to be fulfilled by God Himself.
Am I condemning sharing positive stories? No. We are all tired of negative news and it is refreshing to hear about good things that happen. Am I minimizing the need to address issues within society? Certainly not. However, if you do not have a relationship with Christ first, then there is the danger that you are filling a bottomless pit of spiritual longing with things that will never satisfy.
The motivation behind humanism is a sin nature that is willfully rejecting the only truth, all the while groping around like one suddenly struck blind, searching for something to fill the longing in their hearts. It is truly a sad phenomena to behold. They really are looking for love in all of the wrong places.
If by chance you are reading this today and realize that those groping and grasping for meaning in the world around them describes you, then I encourage you to look to the only one who can satisfy that hunger and thirst: the Living Water and Bread of Life. Jesus, the Son of the Living God.
Soli Deo Gloria!