“What should I do?”
“Follow your heart!”
It seems like everywhere I turn I hear someone telling someone else to follow their heart. The heart always leads you to the right choice. If you would just follow your heart, you will end up in the right career , with the right person, in the right town, with the right friends, doing the right things. The problem is that people spend too much time thinking about things and that’s why the world is full of wrong choices. Just follow your heart.
I’ve been told that. Have you?
I think that maybe the reason the world (and people) are as messed up as it is, is because everyone is following their heart.
You can easily follow your heart into a job that will get you nowhere. A man can follow his heart into an affair. A woman can follow her heart from one abusive relationship to another. Teenagers follow their hearts into drugs and sex everyday. We hear news stories of people who followed their heart into pedophilia and murder. The guy who is backstabbing coworkers to get ahead is just following his heart. The reason all halloween candy has to be store bought and prepackaged is because some creep decided to follow his heart and stick razors into candy he was handing out.
The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?
The Bible doesn’t tell you to follow your heart. The Bible says that your heart is the most deceitful and desperately wicked. Seems pretty harsh, but it’s true.
I gave a bunch of examples of horrible things people can do when they follow their hearts, but what about you? Have you ever done any of those horrible things? Probably not. Maybe only some people’s hearts are deceitful and wicked?
Everyone’s heart is deceitful and wicked. Even mine.
Have you ever told a lie? I find myself telling lies about really stupid things. “I watched that move six times!” Well, it was actually only four times. That’s a lie. You know where that lie came from? It came from my heart. Before I even had a chance to think about what I was saying, a lie came from my heart and out of my mouth.
Do you ever tell little lies like that? They come from your heart.
When someone makes me mad, sometimes my first reaction is to punch them in the face. I usually don’t. But that reaction comes from my heart. I know that a lot of women like to say mean things behind each other’s backs when they are mad. That comes from the heart too.
I have two older sisters. When we were growing up, sometimes they would have things that I wanted. What did I do? I waited until they weren’t looking or weren’t home and I took them. Even as a small child I was following my heart and doing evil.
“Follow your heart” isn’t a good saying. It isn’t even just a bad saying. “Follow your heart” is a lie from the pit of hell that Satan has permeated our culture with to deceive my generation into believing that they can do whatever they want without any consequences or judgement. Look at abortion. Look at the infiltration of the activist gay movement. It’s all based on someone following their heart, and someone else cheering them on for doing so.
I want you (and me) to think about things. Pray about them. Don’t just follow your heart. And please, stop telling other people to follow theirs. It’s not good advice.