Prince Harry’s new book, “Spare,” is a good example of what Christians shouldn’t do: telling the world about the sins people have committed against you.
January 4, 2023
“I am normal. Everyone else is crazy.” That’s how I responded to a close friend who said that I was clinically insane. He has said the same thing for years, because he knows me. He is aware that I don’t tie up my shoelaces. I keep them tied up and slip my shoes on—because I once worked out that most people spend two weeks of their precious life tying their shoes. I also clean my teeth in the shower to save time. When I watch sporting events on television, I have in one earplug and edit videos for our YouTube channel. When I hear the commentator lift his voice in excitement, that’s when I lift my eyes to see what’s going on. I do that to make the best use of my time. I also have a pencil in the shower, and when I get ideas, I write them on the wall. That’s a bit weird. But it works for me.
There are many other things that I do that convince my friend I’m clinically insane. But I’m not. And the reason I know that to be true is because there is no definition for insanity. The dictionary just says of the word, “The state of being seriously mentally ill; madness.” What does that mean? The next time you visit your sane psychiatrist, ask him if he has a definition. His response will frighten you. It’s completely subjective. If he thinks you’re insane, then you’re insane. If he doesn’t, you’re not. According to GoodTherapy.org:
Insanity is a term used by some people to describe behavior motivated by disrupted mental states that may interfere with functioning. Because the term is often used in a pejorative manner to describe those experiencing mental illness, the field of psychology has largely abandoned its use.
The reason that they have abandoned its use is because no one can agree on its definition. That’s insane!
Albert Einstein is often quoted as saying, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” But that’s not true. History.com came to Einstein’s rescue. In an article titled “Here Are 6 Things Albert Einstein Never Said,” they said:
A favorite of politicians (and pretty much everybody else), this quote has been wrongly attributed to Benjamin Franklin as well as [Einstein]—but there’s no evidence either of them said it. “The Ultimate Quotable Einstein,” an authoritative [compilation] of his most memorable utterances, identified the quote as a misattribution.
The Bible infers that we are all insane until we come to Christ. It’s only then that we receive a “sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). It’s obvious why. This whole world is insane to embrace death and completely ignore God’s offer of everlasting life.
If we ignore the Instruction Book, not only will we not have a definition for sanity, but we will have no definition for what is good and what is evil. And that’s the mentality of the society in which we live. It’s normal and it’s a right to kill a baby in the womb. Homosexuality is normal and good. Adultery can be good for a marriage. Fornication is normal and good because it gives great pleasure.
“We are all insane until we come to Christ. It’s only then that we receive a “sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).”
However, the Scriptures clearly define what is good and what is evil. It’s evil to murder. It’s evil to commit adultery. Any sexual activity outside of the bonds of God-instituted holy matrimony is evil. It’s evil to lie, to steal, and to blaspheme.
Jesus even called His disciples “evil”: “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (Luke 11:13).
Why did He call His beloved disciples “evil”? Because they were evil. So are we. We drink iniquity like water. We love darkness rather than light. We call good evil and evil good. A testament to the evil nature of humanity is that the news media will hold up as a hero someone who did something good. It’s newsworthy. “A man returns wallet containing $1000!” That’s national news—a human being doing something right.
When Jesus told the story of what we call the Good Samaritan, he wasn’t “good” at all. He was simply obeying the basic requirements of God’s moral Law, loving his neighbor as much as he loved himself.
So, with all my weird time-saving ways, it’s okay for me to think I’m normal. I want to use every minute I have to reach the lost. I hope you do, too.