One of the traits that has made America exceptional is our innovation. Historically, when a problem arises, Americans ask, “What can we do to solve this problem?”
Even when nothing is wrong we still ask, “What can I do to make this better?” Then we set to work to make it faster, cheaper, or more efficient. This is true of us as individuals and as a nation.
My world travels this past year have shown me that this is not the way in many other nations. A problem exists and people say, “This is the way it’s always been. Why change it?” or “We’ll just wait until someone else fixes it.” Or as they say in Kenya, hakuna matata, “there isn’t a problem”.
As the welfare nanny-state grows in America, we are becoming less innovative, usually waiting for the “other guy” (ie, the government) to make life better or safer or wealthier or faster. Personal initiative and innovation are growing extinct.
Life is full of so many dangers, toils, and snares yet we fail to act to improve our own lot. We struggle with the same issues over and over again, expecting different results while doing nothing to address the problem.
This is also true spiritually.
We wait upon the pastor to evangelize our neighbor. We hope someone will feed the hungry and then we spend $8 on a latte. We sit at home and complain about ungodliness in society and never pray. We want the smiley-faced man on the television to inspire us, but never open the Bible and seek God personally. Our children are out-of-control moral-cesspools and we wonder what the government will do. We wait for a miracle answer to fall from the sky when God – through grace alone – has already provided us with every spiritual blessing in Heavenly places (Ephesians 1:3).