That’s a bold question…but, one I’ve pondered for some time. Why indeed are so many so-called Christians, seemingly so empty? Well, I believe it’s because we have become ok with a part “Christian” and part “worldly” point of view and we’re comfortable “compartmentalizing” Jesus in our lives.
How do I know this? Well, to be blunt, there are many things I’ve come to realize that indicates our true hearts and our spiritual condition. So, here goes. We unashamedly watch TV programs, go to movies, listen to music and talk to friends that push a worldly point of view in our faces the majority of the time. And we don’t see the emptiness of this. We must remember, everything we watch and everything we listen to is coming from either a Godly or worldly point of view. So, what are you pumping into your mind?
It’s a shame that many know more about Hollywood movie characters than Bible characters. We know more of and have memorized more of the names of our favorite ball team’s roster than we know of and have memorized the Word of God. Yet, we say we love Jesus and we are His followers. Are you? Really? Sincerely? Genuinely?
So what are you pumping into your mind every day? It’s either Godly or it’s not…cut and dried…black and white…that simple. Let’s not rationalize. So, what’s the worldview of your favorite movie or song or TV show? Now don’t pass over this. Really ask yourself if the radio station you listen to is Godly. What’s the worldview that your children are getting from watching even seemingly “innocent” shows on “Nickelodeon” or PBS or the History Channel or the Discovery Channel? Did you know that on these supposed “education” channels they are typically pushing evolutionary thinking? Have you listened to what they are saying? It’s subtle…but, I’m telling you it’s there. How about the degrading of the family that occurs on most sitcoms…making the Dad look like a buffoon and an idiot?
Think about it. Would you imagine a cartoon character that walks around in his underwear being marketed to people 50 years ago? That’s happening today by way of “Sponge Bob” in case you didn’t know. Would you imagine that Burger King would use this cartoon character to sell hamburgers to kids?
You say…aw…that stuff’s not that bad. Really? Did you know that even Hannah Montana and the writers of her shows and movies and songs have a worldview? They do! Now ask yourself. Is it Christian? You say, “aw…it’s cute..” But, you must ask yourself…is it something that is going to bring my child closer to Christ or potentially (and I mean ever so subtlely) pull them into the world. You know, I sometimes wonder if Hannah is going to be the next Britney Spears…who used to wear the Mickey Mouse ears or Lindsay Lohan, who was so cute in the Parent Trap movie? Do you?
You see, I believe we’ve allowed ourselves to be taken hostage by the devil and the patterns of this world. We are not staying grounded in Christ. Many of you perhaps are spiritually starving to death and are empty. Deep down there is something missing.
The Bible says in Colossians 2:8: See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.
Think about this: Lot’s wife was “almost” saved…but her heart was still in Sodom. That’s us folks! Like Lot’s wife…we even go to church…we talk the Christian talk…but, our heart is still in Sodom. Lot’s wife had slowly given her heart to Sodom…but, it didn’t happen overnight.
Are you slowly being sucked into the world’s way of thinking and don’t even know it? 1 John 2:15-17: 15Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.
Romans 12:2 tells us not to conform to the patterns of this world any longer: Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
I see many people come to church on Sundays and they think they are doing the “Christian thing,” because they do so and that they are “separated” from the world; yet, on Monday morning they go back to work and live the same old life they did the week before…immersed in the world. They’re in bondage. They’re still living like they are lost and perhaps have never truly surrendered their life to Christ. Is that you?
So many are living like dead people, just barely existing and they’re so empty…but, they’re trying to fill up their lives and live life with the wrong stuff. Are you friends with the world?
How are we duped by the world and Satan’s hollow and deceptive thoughts? You don’t think it’s you? Well, I’m the chief of sinners. I’ll show you in the next blog. To be continued in part 2.