The Esau Syndrome



There is no condition that shapes the USA than the Esau Syndrome. If you aren’t a church attender then you probably have no idea what I’m writing about. Esau is responsible for one of the biggest blunders in the history of history. A goof that changed the course of it. The Bible states the Israel is from the line of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It should read Abraham, Isaac, and Esau. Let’s break it down.

Abraham is considered the father of Israel. In turn, his lineage passed to his son, Isaac. Then the drama begins. Isaac had two sons, twins, named Esau and Jacob. Esau was born first, Jacob second. What is important is that the first born in the Jewish tradition is entitled to the birthright of the family. The birthright was the lion’s share of the entire inheritance and whose name that is┬ápassed down with regards to the history of the family. Esau had it, Jacob wanted it.

One day, Esau came in from a day of hunting. He was extremely hungry when he entered the house. Jacob had just got done fixing a what seemed to be an amazing stew. Esau wanted a bowl and Jacob asked what he would get in return. After a moment, Jacob told Esau he would give him that bowl of stew and all Esau had to do was give Jacob his birthright. Esau told himself that his birthright wasn’t doing any good at the time, so what the heck. Esau, making the stupidest decision in history, said yes.

How does this apply to America? Like this. The Esau syndrome is the syndrome of NOW. Whatever we want, we want it NOW. And usually, we can get it. Just charge it. The problem is that we get so far in debt that it affects our lives. Horrible credit and bankruptcies are at an all-time high. It will just continue. Advertising is geared for a call to action, usually the purchase of the item. This ends in the consumer grabbing the phone and putting it on her VISA.

I’m the biggest culprit I know of. I’ve made some horrendous decisions because I convinced myself I had to have it. I didn’t. But I have paid the price. It’s just a matter of time before the U.S. pays for it also. We don’t have to have things NOW. We can live without most of our impulsive purchases. We have convinced ourselves we NEED this item right NOW.

We don’t. And like Esau, we will rue the day that we made that decision.

Do you agree? Let me know.