HOW DO THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST BECOME MEEBOTS?

Luca Giordano – Dream of Solomon – God promises Solomon Wisdom. (from here)
Luca Giordano – Dream of Solomon – God promises Solomon Wisdom. (from here)

The Subject Of This Post

About a year ago ColorStorm defined what it means to be a meebot.

What is a meebot? It is a person of any gender or age, which views everything and everyone through his own selfishness. It is a person who has a pet, and wants to make it the pet for everyone. It is a person who lacks respect for authority. It is a person with the loudest of voices who has the least to say. It is a person who lacks manners, and it is a little thoughtless machine. (more here)

In his post, explains how a poorly disciplined child can become a meebot. Yet what about our best and our brightest? How do people who have supposedly received a proper education become adult meebots? To tell us, the Bible gives us an example, King Solomon. Tradition says Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived. Therefore, it seems quite strange that he could have become a meebot, and yet it seems for a time he was one.

What The Bible Tells Us

Solomon started off with promise. Imagine having the dream that Solomon experienced (1 Kings 3:1-15). What could go wrong after that? What dream? Not too long after his crowning as King of Israel, Solomon slept, and as he slept God spoke to him. God said, “Ask! What shall I give you?” Because God was pleased when Solomon asked for wisdom, God also gave him a long life and riches.

So what went wrong? Well, God did not want the Israelites to be like the Peoples of other nations, but He knows our disposition. He knew the Israelites would insist upon having a king (1 Samuel 8). So He warned them, but Solomon, wise though he was did not heed God’s warning.

Deuteronomy 17:14-20 New King James Version (NKJV)

Principles Governing Kings

14 “When you come to the land which the Lord your God is giving you, and possess it and dwell in it, and say, ‘I will set a king over me like all the nations that are around me,’ 15 you shall surely set a king over you whom the Lord your God chooses; one from among your brethren you shall set as king over you; you may not set a foreigner over you, who is not your brother. 16 But he shall not multiply horses for himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, for the Lord has said to you, ‘You shall not return that way again.’ 17 Neither shall he multiply wives for himself, lest his heart turn away; nor shall he greatly multiply silver and gold for himself.

18 “Also it shall be, when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write for himself a copy of this law in a book, from the one before the priests, the Levites. 19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God and be careful to observe all the words of this law and these statutes, 20 that his heart may not be lifted above his brethren, that he may not turn aside from the commandment to the right hand or to the left, and that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he and his children in the midst of Israel.

Solomon acquired horses (1 Kings 4:26-28), and he had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots.  Solomon horded great wealth (1 Kings 10:14-29). Each year he received 666 talents of gold. Yet these things did not turn Solomon’s heart from God. 

What did turn Solomon from the Lord?

1 Kings 11:1-8 New King James Version (NKJV)

11 But King Solomon loved many foreign women, as well as the daughter of Pharaoh: women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians, and Hittites— from the nations of whom the Lord had said to the children of Israel, “You shall not intermarry with them, nor they with you. Surely they will turn away your hearts after their gods.” Solomon clung to these in love. And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines; and his wives turned away his heart. For it was so, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned his heart after other gods; and his heart was not loyal to the Lord his God, as was the heart of his father David. For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and did not fully follow the Lord, as did his father David. Then Solomon built a high place for Chemosh the abomination of Moab, on the hill that is east of Jerusalem, and for Molech the abomination of the people of Ammon. And he did likewise for all his foreign wives, who burned incense and sacrificed to their gods.

Reading that passage above you may wonder, “so what if Solomon worshiped foreign gods?” Well, putting anything before the One True God leads to sin, and worshiping the gods that Solomon’s wives led him to worship led to the most heinous sins. The worship of Molech (or Milcom), especially gruesome, involved sacrificing one’s firstborn to a red-hot iron idol.

Was Solomon saved? Probably. If we repent of our sins, God will forgive us, and it seems Solomon did repent. Tradition gives King Solomon credit for writing three books of the Bible: the Song of Songs, the Book of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes.

The relevant book here is Ecclesiastes. In Ecclesiastes Solomon wrote of his attempts to find happiness without God. He did not succeed. In fact, Ecclesiastes is the story of a life spent fruitlessly, pointlessly, and unhappily. It is the story of a sad, lonely, hopelessly and desperately bored cynic. Solomon had every material thing a man could want. Yet because he had turned from God, he found himself with nothing and no one he cared about.

Strangely, Ecclesiastes says nothing about the worship of evil gods. Why not? I suspect the reason is this. No one loves a god such as those Solomon worshiped. Instead, foolish men sacrifice their virtue for the sake of what they hope an evil god will give them as a reward. Therefore, Ecclesiastes belittles the material rewards of this world. Without the One True God there is no reward that makes life worth living.

Today’s Application

Today most Americans raise their children in a secular environment. Today’s Biblically untutored parents raise their children with the same values that their parents passed on to them. We teach our children that what matters — what is important — is our personal status and wealth.

Hence, our  child:

  • Wants to be thought of as a good person, that is, admired. We equate that to respectability.
  • Wants a high position. We equate that with being in charge of people and material goods.
  • Wants to be rich. We equate wealth with importance and accomplishment.
  • Wants — expects — every relationship to be about “me.” Others exist to make “me” happy, including sex partners.

What we forget is that we did not create this world, much less this universe. Creation is about God. When we do not please our Creator by loving Him and each other, we cannot find happiness. God did not design us to find happiness in selfish, prideful behavior.

So what should we teach our children? What wisdom should we insist that the best and brightest among us — our leaders — learn, understand, and exhibit?

Psalm 127 New King James Version (NKJV)

Laboring and Prospering with the Lord

A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon.

127 Unless the Lord builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the Lord guards the city,
The watchman stays awake in vain.
It is vain for you to rise up early,
To sit up late,
To eat the bread of sorrows;
For so He gives His beloved sleep.

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.
Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them;
They shall not be ashamed,
But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.

What does that last verse mean? Here is a translation that provides the same idea in contemporary language.

Psalm 127:5 Living Bible (TLB)

Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them. That man shall have the help he needs when arguing with his enemies.[a]

Footnotes:

a. Psalm 127:5 when arguing with his enemies, literally, “when they speak with their enemies in the gate.”

If there is no one who knows we care about them, why should we expect anyone to care about us?

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9 thoughts on “HOW DO THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST BECOME MEEBOTS?

  1. Well said,Tom.

    This is really significant, “No one loves a god such as those Solomon worshiped.” We Christians here in the western world, even the cultural ones, often take that love of Christ for granted and assume this applies to all other faiths and belief systems. It does not, the love of Christ is very unique in the world. People do not follow Islam for example, because they love their god or because he loves them.

    That can be one of the most challenging things about trying to teach the young uns. Many of them have been so indoctrinated, so it becomes almost like trying to speak against cult programming. It can be done, however, they do learn.

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  2. Thank you for taking the time to read my post and for your comment.

    This is really significant, “No one loves a god such as those Solomon worshiped.”

    I agree, and thank you for noticing that line.

    Because they are so old, scholars always debate who wrote the books of the Old Testament. I think tradition is a better guide than the speculations of people who often don’t take the Bible seriously. So as I wrote this post I found myself wondering: how could King Solomon just skip over what seemed his greatest sin, worshiping and sacrificing to those vile idols? Then the answer came to me. Solomon’s sins did not come from the idols; his sins came from that which he coveted.

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  3. ‘We forget that we did not create the world much less the universe…’ sez you. Ouch.

    But the essence of meebottery is a sour fragrance that begs to differ. Too bad. Apart from a Creator, what else is left but me? Once more you have taken that tiny idea and enlarged it.

    ‘How do the best and the brightest…………………….?’ Ha, many have also been handed down that award by parents who think ‘welfare’ should be a way of life, complete with handouts, but that’s another story. But the ‘teaching’ part is I suppose relevant.

    Imagine going to school to learn about the royal. ‘mee’ Oops, don’t have to imagine too much.

    I do think though that Solomon in his indiscretions was a believer, (Solomon in all his glory,) plus his prayers indicate He knew One greater. The idea btw, that above all he asked for a discerning heart to judge God’s people was notable in the best way. Cut the baby in half! will forever live as one of the greatest examples of wisdom.

    Good find too with your painting.@ the top. Love that fog like dream like image. But lots to consider CT in your post, maybe your article will land on the desk of some of the best and the brightest running for office…………….and tkx for the mention.

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    1. @ColorStorm

      Thanks for your comment and for the ideas upon which you gave me to build.

      Can you imagine the temptations faced by King Solomon? I don’t imagine you, and I know that I have never welded anything close to the the power and wealth that Solomon controlled.

      Can we doubt that Solomon lived his life with an entourage of sycophants in his trail? With his wisdom Solomon undoubtedly understood the nature of men. Men could flatter him, and when he was tempted to sin they could tell him, “You deserve it.” Yet what could they tempt him with that he did not already have? The women, however, presented a far more challenging temptation. Women could flatter his ego in a far more delightful way, and each could give him something he did not already have. Each lovely lady could tell him, “You deserve me.” And so Solomon allowed pretty, scheming ladies to arouse his lust. As gullible as the most foolish man he set aside all wisdom. Then he gave into temptation.

      Fortunately, our Shepherd has pity on lost and foolish sheep.

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      1. There’s an old fashioned saying that kind of applies here Tom, from the days of pirates and swashbucklers. “Women were designed to turn men’s heads and men were designed to learn how to keep them.” Sung with gallows humor in a movie, but there is some real wisdom there. There are a lot of things that turn men’s heads, politics, the media, public opinion, power. Solomon, as wise as he is, still looses his head so to speak.

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  4. Tom

    Your post provides a great Insight of Solomon. I believe he had a purpose in life planned by his Creator. His purpose was to serve as an example of how a person, given every worldly advantage one could possibly be blessed with, King, wealth, wisdom, wives, would indulge himself in worldly pursuits to observe and record how his experiences in life became meaningless after he disobeyed and separated himself from his God.

    A person who excludes a child’s love (arrows in his quiver) from their lives in their youth to pursue building a big house and fill it with worldly treasures, will come to find out how lonely and meaningless it is in time to live in the big house full of worldly treasures, with no one or family or friends who truly loves him enough to want to share, care, or guard his gate.

    I believe God’s plan includes for us to add lots of arrows to help serve and spread God’s message. That being to spread love, wisdom, and peace to make our world a better place. However, we all have a shared duty to first sharpen our arrows properly.

    Regards and goodwill blogging.

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