Happy Insanity

Posted on December 31, 2014 · Posted in Gospel, Holidays, Worldview


There is a popular definition for insanity that is attributed to Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein and others. It goes like this:

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

Every January 1st, most of the world celebrates insanity. Times Square is filled with people who watch a crystal ball descend as midnight approaches. Millions more watch on television. When the ball ends its journey a massive celebration erupts. People are excited about the promise of a new calendar year. They hope the disappointments of the previous year will be replaced by better times in the new year.

But the jubilant celebrations often fade into dismal hangovers, just like last year and the year before that, doing the same thing over and over again. People believe they can make things better by their own effort and will. What promised to be new has become old again.

The global celebration of the New Year is one of Satan’s most deceptive and effective weapons. Believing that things will get better apart from Christ is a cruel deception. It truly is insanity.

Tomorrow, a new year begins, but apart from knowing Christ an old heart remains. Have the courage to help rescue people from their belief that they can be new without Christ.

Help your children to grasp that hope for being made new is only found in Christ. Only he can take what is old, corrupt, and deceitful and make it new. No celebration, no matter how large it is, can change this truth. Pray that we will find ways to show those around us the emptiness  of trusting in a change of the calendar. Point them to Christ, who alone, can make what is old into something new. Help stop the insanity.

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds;  and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Ephesians 4:22-24

Jay Younts
Jay Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger. He is the author of Everyday Talk and other materials on parenting. He has been teaching and speaking on parenting issues for 30 years. Jay and his wife, Ruth, live in Fountain Inn, South Carolina. He serves as a ruling elder at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He and Ruth have five adult children.