Southern Health

It starts off rather innocuously with a fever, muscle pain, headache, and sore throat, but it soon takes a deadly turn, becoming death by exsanguination (bleeding to death). You guessed it. I’m talking about the Ebola virus.

Typically seen in Africa, where it is ravaging several countries now, there have been three confirmed cases of the deadly pathogen in America. As you would expect, Americans are freaking out, screaming for the president, towards whom most Americans have been negative lately, to help them and form an effective plan of action against the disease.

These are the same people who gorge themselves on ridiculous amounts of food, even though obesity kills 300,000 per year; who smoke cigarettes, even though they kill 450,000 each year; and who drink alcohol to excess, even though it is responsible for 88,000 deaths annually. Ebola has, at this point, killed one American.

Wash your hands before eating and after using the restroom. Cover your mouth with your arm when you cough or sneeze. These are things we have been taught since we were children that can prevent the spread of diseases like a cold or the flu, but they can also work on this deadly virus.

In short, if you want to stay healthy, you need to do the right things.

There is, however, a disease even deadlier than Ebola, obesity, and cancer combined that is affecting our nation: Hedonism, the school of thought that whatever feels good is good.

“But I am not a Hedonist,” you may say in retort. I hope not. There is a true right and wrong that is separate from the situation and eternal; unfortunately, most people seem to think that each person makes his or her own truth.

Democritus of Greece seems to be the earliest philosopher on record to have categorically embraced a hedonistic philosophy. He called the supreme goal of life “contentment” or “cheerfulness”, claiming that “joy and sorrow are the distinguishing mark of things beneficial and harmful” (The Cambridge History of Greek and Roman Political Thought. p. 125).

If it feels good, do it! This is the battle cry of the majority of Americans today, and while not everyone is as gluttonous about food, drink, and pleasures of the flesh as the ancients were, few people will submit to a definable right and wrong.

“In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” This verse in Judges 17:6 tells about the Israelites before Saul became king. There was no official law governing right from wrong, and so everyone did whatever they wanted. This was a disaster. God gave Israel a king in order to give them more structure.

Two thousand years later, not much has changed. Most people still do what is “right in their own eyes,” and lives are destroyed by it. Someone wants to drink. He does, and while driving home, he kills someone in a wreck. Someone wants to sleep with someone other than her spouse. She does, and destroys her family as well as his.

Just because you say, “There is no truth,” does not mean it is true. That makes no sense, right? Why should I take your statement to be truth when you say there is no truth?

There is truth. There is right and wrong. Just because you say there is not does not make it so. Just because you claim that there is no God does not mean you will escape His judgement.

So in order to stay spiritually healthy, we have to do the right things. If you need help with what these things are, I have a book that spells it out for you.

Peace. Love. Roll Tide.