It is rather appropriate that on the first day of lent I am thinking through the entitlement mentality of the dominate generation. David Murray has devoted the latest podcast to the issue and I think it is important to recognize it and ponder how to counter act it. The younger generation is terribly entitled. The expect to benefit without work or for little work. We are all prone to entitlement as a way of life but it is an inborn sickness among many.
Murray interacts with the mentality and I encourage you to at least read his post and think through how you are functionally entitled. And then stop it. Murray addresses what we are entitled to.
“As a Christian, I believe in one entitlement.
I’m entitled to Hell. That’s the only entitlement I have. That’s all I deserve, because of my sin. Anything else is grace, an unmerited bonus from the God of all grace. I don’t deserve a breath of life, a crumb of food, a drop of water, a stitch of clothing, a cent in my wallet, or an hour of education. I’m not entitled to one friend, one vacation, one verse of Scripture, or even one sermon. I’m certainly not entitled to salvation and heaven. I’m entitled to damnation and Hell.
That sense of entitlement makes me seek mercy, receive mercy, enjoy mercy, and be merciful to others. To paraphrase the Apostle Paul, “What have I that I did not receive as a free gift of divine grace? How therefore can I ever boast as if I had actually been entitled to it or earned it?”
So, there are basically only two ways to live: with a proud and angry sense of entitlement or with a humble and thankful sense of responsibility.”
Read the post and hear the podcast here.