Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The World in Fifty Shades of Grey

First of all, thank you everyone for your prayers.  My wife's surgery went well and she is now recovering well.  Please continue to pray for a complete and speedy recovery.  For the most part, when someone is recovering from surgery, the best thing to do for those first couple of days is absolutely nothing.  You want the healing to get well underway before you stress those wounds by trying to do too much.  I spent those couple of days with my wife and much of that time was spent watching television.  Seeing what passes for entertainment today, especially in terms of reality shows, I really wonder where this world is going.  People are oblivious to the end that awaits them and they are living empty sinful lives, or even worse, living vicariously through those (or through fictional characters) that that live those empty sinful lives for them.  Emptiness is what I see.  Empty lives and dead empty souls going through the motions of what they think life should be never really knowing they are walking dead, zombies enslaved to the base lusts of dying flesh, walking full on into judgement. 
But as the days of Noah [were], so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.  Mark 24:37-39 NKJV
Just as in Noah's day, people are oblivious today to the judgement that is to come.  They know more about celebrity gossip and the dysfunctional lives of reality TV stars than they do about their own eternal destination.  Even worse, they care more about those things as well.  It is all about "eat, drink, and be merry" only they do not even contemplate that tomorrow they may die.  How else do you explain the fascination with such things as The Jersey Shore or Toddlers and Tiaras?  How do you explain the entertainment in watching pregnant teenagers struggle through life?  How else do you explain the joy in watching glorified fornication and humiliation as men and women throw themselves at a complete stranger for a relationship that will never work and makes a mockery of a sacred institution ordained by God?  How else do you explain when we eagerly watch a talk show host open an envelope to see who a baby's real father is?  How do we explain spending hours playing video games with realistic violence and sado-sexual themes?  How else do you explain the phenomena of Fifty Shades of Grey? 

Fifty Shades of Grey is a funny title.  I think it is a really symbol for what this world has become.  I say that because even Christians get caught up into all of this mess.  Instead of light shining in dark places, we only add white to the black of the world leaving us a murky grey.  Christians should not revel in the dysfunctional sinful lives of reality TV stars, we should be grieved by them.  We should not see them as entertainment but as lost souls bound for an eternity of Hell.  But we don't, we laugh and cheer them on right into Hell.  As for celebrity gossip, what makes it right just because they are celebrities?  Should we not be offended that there even is such a thing?  Should we watch the Jersey Shore waiting for what antics the drunken fornicators will get into next or should we be offended at the very thought of real life sin being real life entertainment?  Should we watch the exploitation of our children on Toddlers and Tiaras and laugh or should we be thinking of the millstones hanging around the necks of those who would exploit such children?  Do we watch pregnant unwed teenagers as entertainment or do we grieve for those children of children and the hard life they will have?  If I really need to explain why Fifty Share of Grey has no place in the life of a Christian, then you really need more spiritual help than this blog can provide.  Just because there are no pictures, it does not mean that it is not pornography.  We should be completely ashamed at ourselves if we think any of that is entertainment. 

Maybe you won't be as cool if you do not know the latest celebrity gossip.  Maybe you are strange if shopping, sports, or any of the other minutia of this world is not the top topic of conversation.  Maybe people would be put off because you like to talk about Jesus.  Maybe you won't be as popular if you are offended at sin and grieved by sinners and children exploited on television.  But, seriously, that is how it is supposed to be.  We are not called to intermingle with the world adding our light to its black to make grey.  We are called to be a stark contrast to the world.  We are supposed to stand out, we are not supposed to fit in, and we certainly are not supposed to try to fit in by being entertained by that which should offend and grieve us.  The world is heading straight forward to judgement and most of the people you see around you are heading straight forward into Hell.  That needs to be our priority.  That needs to be the driving force of our hearts.  We should never be entertained by a Hell-bound sinner but our hearts should grieve and cry out for their salvation.  Be a light in contrast to the dark world.  Be a light shining as a beacon of hope for all those who want to rise above the misery of a fallen life in this dark world.  After all, any shade of grey is just a lighter shade of black. 
For you were once darkness, but now [you are] light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit [is] in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose [them].  Ephesians 5:8-11 NKJV

This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.  1 John 1:5 NKJV

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