When selfishness hits its apex, only ones own life and interest still matter. Cain had become so jealous and cynical that he killed his brother. He did not like the competition and he did not like how Abel and God aligned. So rather than change his own attitude and heart, Cain simply killed his brother–the height of selfishness. It was e precursor of the attitude of a world without God. If our needs become the only thing that matters–then life, family and God become expendable. Throughout History, civilizations that forsake God follow a similar track. Godless communities quit valuing the importance of marriage, of the lives of the unborn, the lives of the elderly and finally the lives of anyone other than themselves.
Such a view of the world traces back to Cain. He was only sad that God called him out. He was not regretful that he killed his brother, he regretted only that it was cramping his life. No remorse, no regret; he only felt self pity. Nothing has changed. We live in a world where the only lives that matter are the ones that scream the loudest and raise the biggest commotion. Family, marriage, authorities, veterans the unborn and the elderly have all been marginalized by the culture. We live in an age where our desire for personal gain has completely replaced our sense of community and grace. Only the church can stem the tide and become the people that make life a treasure once again. It has t become the community that restores value to marriage, family and authority. God promised Solomon in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “ if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
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Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.9 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?”
“I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?”
10 The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. 11 Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12 When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.”
13 Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is more than I can bear. 14 Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.”
15 But the Lord said to him, “Not so; anyone who kills Cain will suffer vengeance seven times over.” Then the Lord put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him. 16 So Cain went out from the Lord’s presence and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden.