Sunday, August 10, 2008

How about the best of both worlds?

I can’t love God and the junk of this world because I can’t serve two masters (Luke 16:13). If I love wealth, fame and pleasure, then I don’t truly love God. My allegiance would be divided. I can’t have “both / and”. The “best of both worlds” does not work for a Christ follower.

This truth must also extend to the movies and the television that I watch. Does it arouse worldly passions or lustful desires? Does it honor God or man? In general, television programs and also the movies produced by Hollywood glorify the things of this world and propagate Satan’s agenda, not God’s.

If I am for God, then how can I chase after the junk of this world? I can’t. Yes, I am called to love the people of this world, but nothing else associated with it.

Here’s how the Apostle John put it:
Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For 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. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever. - 1 John 2:15-17

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