The internet is a buzz today with everything Mayan. Just start making statements that concern the existence of all of humanity and you’ll soon be talked about as well. However, the majority of this buzz isn’t the publicity you want to have. Most of the talk is about all they got wrong over the years – especially the end of the earth. Yet, in a sense, they got something right too! I want to talk about that.
So let’s disregard all the things they got wrong for just a moment – ok, and yes, I’m aware that most of what we say they got wrong, they didn’t say! Still, we can forget the silly, “This is the fourth world created” stuff. “This is the 13th b’ak’tun of 144,000 years, and the world will most likely renew (or possibly be destroyed).” “The sun is a god.” “The sun is fueled by human sacrifice.” “The Milky Way is a pathway to life.” Yea, all that stuff.
Then, try to overlook the calendar system that needed some improvement. Overlook the numerous temples and monuments to gods that still haven’t shown up, and apparently weren’t impressed enough to keep the Mayan’s civilization from crumbling. Overlook their general barbaric practices of different sorts. And let’s try to focus on some good stuff.
What The Mayans Had Right
Now, granted they were amazing mathematicians and astronomers. They did good. We’re all impressed at much of what they figured out with such as the earth’s wobble, the alignment of solar bodies, etc. It’s pretty decent… but that’s still not what I’m talking about. I want to jump to what I deem the most noteworthy attribute of theirs that I believe our present society could stand to learn from.
The Mayans knew there is something more to mankind’s existence that is worthy of our time, energy, resources, and life (i.e. our all-out worship).
Yep. That’s it. What? Did you come here hoping for a great revelation or a scientific fact? Ha. I don’t blame you, because I would have done the same. Perhaps that reveals the very point I’d like to make though. We are all seekers of revelation. We all want MORE!
How Does This Apply To Us Now?
See, the Mayans were seekers and there’s a lot of respect to be given to a seeker. It’s popular in culture now to just throw up your hands and quit seeking. I wonder if it’s in part due to mankind seeing so many failed seekers, such as the Mayans. Eh?
Then, of course, much of it is just that we want to believe now that we are the gods. That the universe revolves around me, my desires, my versions of good, right and wrong. To do this though, means I have to declare there is none greater than the self and justify seeking nothing but my own pleasures.
For all the Mayan’s silliness, they at least weren’t that silly! I’m not even convinced it’s better – it’s not – but I would give it a lesser degree of silliness.
What Goes Wrong With The Seekers?
For all their smarts, the Mayans still fell victim to a classic mistake. They worshipped the creation instead of the creator. (Rom 1:25). So close; but still so far. You see, this is actually nothing new, and civilization after civilization has shown that when you “exchange the truth of God for a lie” you get all sorts of wacky, misguided, misinterpreted belief systems. In turn you also get a generally barbaric culture, that slowly destroys itself.
Yep, it’s that simple. We have been given the truth. (Rom 1:20; Heb 10:15-18) We would do good to keep seeking it out.
And whatever you do, definitely don’t make the even greater mistake of thinking you’re the god this is all about. Because, well, to still a line from the Hulk this year: You and I… “puny God!”
So, seriously, go ahead… Seek as if there’s no tomorrow. :)
Q: Which do you think you see more of in our society now? Seeking the wrong god(s), or making one’s self god and declaring there is nothing more? How do we deal with these? Oh, and your favorite Mayan doomsday joke?!?