The Bad Things We Want to Happen

Why do we want horrible things to happen? “I don't want bad things to happen” you say, but deep down many of us secretly, or sometimes not so secretly, want to see bad things happen.

I'm not just talking about the PTSD freaks who have become mentally damaged through constant trauma until they, we (?), can't feel normal unless everything is falling apart around them.

People join the military with the idea of getting to see the bad thing happen, a front row seat to the show, and a good excuse to participate. Plenty of us have our fantasy where all of the people who are ruining everything realize they were wrong, and we are proven to have been right all along. The bad is their fault after all.

The bible says something about rejoicing at others bad fortune(Proverbs 24:17) and wishing bad on others, even your enemies(Luke 6:27-36)and something about mercy but that doesn't explain why we want to see the bad thing happen.

Even when a person has seen the bad thing happen and knows full well what that means, they still want to see it again, otherwise we wouldn't fight so many wars. As Christians we are not immune to this very human failure and it can make us feel guilty, conflicted and upset about events, even when we have nothing to do with them because , quite often, we wish to be there.

This compulsion leads us to demonize others in order to justify our desire for disaster even though we are to love our neighbor (Mark 12:30-31). We find ourselves despising our neighbor so we can feel OK about our deep need to see them fall.

”They deserve it” or “they had it coming”, we think to ourselves. 

I don't know why we do this but the first step to getting better is to see the problem, right? Can we admit that maybe our problems are not all the fault of _____?

I'll let you fill in the blank as what you write there will be different depending on what church you go to, or political party you are a member of, or what race you are etc. etc. etc.

I don't know why this is a part of human nature, but I do know it is not a sin when it does not affect how we act towards others. I can't help it if I feel this way and neither can you, but we can help how we act and how we treat others.

1 Corinthians 10:13 says

”No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”

This temptation is common to mankind, but it does not have to control us, as God will help.

1 Thessalonians 5:6 says:

“So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober.”

Let us admit this problem and recognize that we hate and wish ill on others. Let us be awake to our desires and deal with them soberly. If we remain asleep to them, they will rule us to our own destruction.

Let us love and be merciful and longsuffering just as God has been with us even though we don't deserve his love and forgiveness.

2 Peter 3:9 says that God is

”longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

Let's learn to desire that none should perish, we may just be better off for it.

David Bear -- The Christian Rebel

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