THE TOXIC CONSEQUENCES OF THOUGHT-LESS THINKING PT I
(Genesis 34 and 35)
THE TOXIC RADIOACTIVE SITUATION
The biblical interpreter studying Genesis understands the story about Dinah. They remember and recall the tragic rape of Jacob’s and Leah’s daughter and what occurred afterward. (Gen. 34:1, 2) Jacob’s sons plotted to slaughter the men of Shechem in revenge (the Father (Hamor) and son included), not for the rape of Dinah, but for family “honor”. (verses 23- 29)
When the news of the slaughter at Shechem became known to Jacob, the narrator reveals that the patriarch exploded at the thought of his family being wiped out by neighboring Canaanites. So, as minority aliens in a foreign land, they had to pack up and leave at the direction of God and head back to Bethel. (Gen. 35:1)
Now, a casual reader might overlook the carefully entwined motifs of deceit, murder and “thoughtless thinking” by the patriarch’s sons. Obviously the narrator wants the reader to follow the aforementioned elements of the “insanity of sin” starting from the fall as it infectiously spreads from Adam and Eve through the deceit of Satan, all the way through the rest of Genesis. The dysfunctional elements of deceit and “thoughtless thinking”, which resulted in the loss of human life, further demonstrated the infectious nature of sin on “human consciousness”. Afterward, the sons would hold a “secret meeting” to do away with their half brother Joseph—more “thoughtless thinking”. (verse 13)
Making an association, I am sure that most of the members of “our” Executive Committee are striving to be Christians as they wrestle with the great issues that confront our Conference. Most of them really want to make the best decisions. However, I am concerned about the “thoughtless”, “influential ones” who like Jacob’s sons will make decisions for “their own honor”, through the process employed by the enemy of “thoughtless thinking”.
THE LASTING RESULTS
Digging deeper, when you come to understand the unacceptable tragic, vicious and violent rape of Dinah, you discover nothing about her psychological and spiritual well being. Why? The narrator of Genesis wants us to focus on the selfish and deliberate actions of the brothers. As we form our conclusions, we might reason how utterly evil they became and the awful results that could have jeopardized the inheritance of the future Promised land passed on to Jacob. Also, we follow the transference of the deceitful character of Jacob who swindled Esau out of his birthright. I hope you catch the progression here.
Biblical inspiration reveals that we have to admit that human weaknesses, colored with deceit, leads to “thoughtless thinking”. In all the stories beginning with Genesis 12 and onward, the element of deceit led to “thoughtless thinking” by Abraham, Isaac, Jacob (their wives and concubines included) and his sons by taking matters into their own hands, which in each story led to tragedy and trouble. Get the point here—the only remedy for thoughtless thinking is “total trust in God”. CAN YOU SAY AMEN!
The reawakening of my memory recalls that I have witnessed members on previous Executive Committees plot the demise of their fellow workers by holding secret “kitchen table meetings”. During these sessions they spent hours engaging in “thoughtless thinking” as some peddled their Christianity for self preservation. They even discussed how they would vote by adding up how the scale might tip as they gain support for their plans. Their actions were deliberately responsible for killing (fired) good men and women and enacting bad policies. Do you think these former executive committee members were trusting in God?
What is lacking in all of this?—God’s Will. Sinful people often seem to figure out how they can circumvent God’s Will through “thoughtless thinking”. Yet some of these same executive members who are continuing on from the previous one, voted for all the land purchases that seem to have landed our conference into a financial downward tail spin. Should we put our trust in them?
Ok, what possible solutions are available? From my street, some members on Executive Committee should…
Stop holding any secret meetings and start praying to do what is right and acceptable before God. Don’t even become a part of one. By doing this you can assure constituents that you are not scheming.
Give the president what he needs when the Executive Committee is presented with a legitimate request. There are some who currently hold an office that the committee could have much discussion about concerning their performance.
Members on the committee, who possess a personal vendetta, should read the ethical policies for serving by the president. He should be stern about the consequences and willing to discharge them of their service if necessary.
Don’t allow certain members who seek to dominate every conversation on every issue to do so. This is a deliberate strategy called “positioning” for influence and domination.
Get a revised Strategic Plan that is really functional and can be implemented on the tactical level. Every constituent at the quadrennial session deserves a hard copy of the entire Strategic Plan.
By the way, I am Left Behind