I have been alternately amused and horrified by the child ban debate. A restaurant in Monroeville, PA, close to where I used to live, has banned children under six. There are movie theaters that are banning children from certain showings. The Whole Foods in Missouri has child free shopping hours.
The debates have raged online about this. Parents disagree strongly, or somewhat agree, while the child-free rejoice with angry tirades about crappy parents. You can read about all of this in multiple places… Just search for it.
Now, at the same time, I have noticed an increase in things like people not using their turn signals and people running red lights. And I do not mean just pushing through a yellow… I mean blatantly running a red light that has been red for a while. An increase in people saying rude things to each other in public, an increase in misbehaving children, babies in movie theaters after dark, children at the grocery store at 10pm.
What do all of these things have in common?
Pure unadulterated selfishness.
Our culture has soaked people with the attitude that I am the most important. I am more important than you, I am more important than my spouse, and I am more important than my child.
Scripture tells us to live like Christ. We are called to lay down our lives for others.
Would I like to go to a late movie and not pay for a babysitter? Of course, but what does that mean to my toddler? A missed bedtime, a scary screen full of scary images, crying that disrupts others. Is that fair to anyone? No.
Would I like to go to a fancy restaurant wit my hubby? Of course! But again… It is not just about me. I have to think about what is best not just for me, but for my child and for other people.
Other people. That is what is lacking in our society today. A sense of selflessness, a sense that the world does not revolve around you.
What would happen if people stopped being so concerned about themselves 24/7 and instead showed a little kindness and compassion to others? What if people put their children and their needs ahead of their own? What if strangers offered help or a friendly smile instead of harsh comments about someone’s apparently ineffective parenting?
What if people thought about others first?
I wonder what people would complain about then?
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