This is part of a series of blogs called “The Univited: An Allegory of Evil.” Behind? Start at the beginning here.
After the inviting of the Uninvited by the first two people, things became bad. People followed in the pattern set by that one rebellious act. The Landlord had made a promise to eventually restore creation to its original intent (more on that later) and He instructed people on the upkeep and design of their house through a master plan, but most people did not believe what the Landlord said. They began to redesign their houses in ways that they felt were the most expedient to their livelihood. They ignored the plan that the Landlord gave. Why? It is hard to say with certainty. Each person had their reasons I am sure. Most assuredly their reasons are the same as ours. Most just did not like the plan that the Landlord gave. People built for themselves rooms in accordance with their own desires. The game rooms became larger. The bar was more prominently placed and frequently attended to. Family rooms (a prominent room in the Landlord’s design) was either ignored, remodeled, or locked all together.
Study rooms were not used to come to understand the Landlord and His plan (as originally interned), but only to create theories and excuses as to why people no longer referred to the Landlord’s plan. “The Landlord does not really care about our house,” is one excuse that was often given. “It is really His fault for giving us the ability to remodel,” was another. Many would propose new landlords all together. They would say there is a landlord for each of the rooms in the house. There was a landlord of the family room, a landlord of the kitchen, a landlord of the bedroom, etc., etc. Other people excused their new plans saying that their studies show that there is no such thing as a Landlord. “We are all our own Landlord,” is their claim.
There were many who let their entire house go to waste while they spent all their time in the office. Ironically, their lust to rebuild, remodel, and ad-on caused them to neglect the very home they sought to protect and develop. The master bedroom was often defiled by instability and an eclectic design. It no longer resembled what the master bedroom was meant for at all.
Don’t take this the wrong way (as so many do). It is not as though the Landlord had something against game rooms, bars, offices, bedrooms and the like. My goodness, He is the one who created them in the first place. But being the original Creator, He understands how and how often they are supposed to be used. All of this to say that while the original design had all things in a beautiful balance, the corrupt designs always represented imbalance and neglect. While the Landlord’s master plan lay either on a high shelf collecting dust or in a forgotten corner of the attic, people would look at other plans with great intrigue, lust, and desire, always coveting the plan which they do not have.
There is something else you need to know that might help you understand why people were so quick to ignore the Landlord’s plans. You remember the Uninvited “Intruder” who tempted the first two people to invite Poneros into their house? Well, he was not expelled from creation. He continued as a design consultant. Each day people would receive mail from the Intruder soliciting them to neglect the Landlord’s plan. Here are some examples of the solicitations:
“Turn your family room into a game room overnight!”
“Ten reason’s why the office is the most important room in the house.”
“Have this special guest into your bedroom” (usually included a picture).
“Get a new Landlord who listens.”
“Poneros got you down? Spend more time at the bar.”
All the solicitations are lies and deceptions, but because people’s houses are built out of the same material as the first house, and because of the failures of the first two, all people have this uncanny tendency to listen to these lies. Therefore, people readily invited the Intruder’s friends Greed, Envy, Immorality, and Pride into their home. These all promised a better and more satisfying design, but they always failed. You would think that people would see the failures of the past and the despair that results from the Intruder’s consultation and cease making such foolish decisions, but they don’t. Sadly, we all listen to the Intruder just as the first two inviting all of these guests into our home to remodel.
This was the situation after the first two people listened to the advice of the Intruder and invited Poneros into their home. Did I say earlier that there were “some” who did not follow the Landlords plan? Well, that was an understatement. The situation quickly became so bad that at one point there were only five people on the face of the earth who had designed their homes in the way the Landlord desired. The Landlord was regretful that He ever gave anyone a house in the first place. He destroyed all the houses save five in order to preserve future designs.
Considering these difficulties, one would think that things were out of control for the Landlord, but this is hardly the case. His master plan of restoration was in full effect with a new hope on the horizon.