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I’ll put the slides up after next week’s gathering. Please come next week as we’ll dive into the present state of the world and what our response should be.
John Piper said …
“When we are tired and want to unwind from a good day’s work, we settle in with some series or movie that we hope will be minimally offensive or crass or obscene, and then we get drawn into a suspenseful or interesting plot. And then, scene after scene portrays — listen to me on this – a God-ignoring, man-exalting, sin-condoning, sex-distorting, marriage weakening, maleness mocking, femaleness-trivializing, righteousness-ridiculing, arrogance-admiring worldview.”
Let me repeat it — the stuff we are watching – and you know this – ignores God, exalts man, condones sin, distorts sex, weakens marriage, mocks men, trivializes women, ridicules righteousness and admires arrogance.
And Piper said – that we, ordinary, struggling saints, who long for purity of heart and all the fruits of the Holy Spirit, (and you do – bless you – you want the “more”, you want purity, you don’t want to be a slave to these things – I don’t either) but we simply cannot help being entertained by sin — nor can we help having our minds shaped — nor can we stop our hearts from being impacted by that very entertaining worldview.
And that … is dangerous. That’s the issue. It isn’t the sin; it is that I am entertained by it. My challenge last week was not to leave you with a discussion about how bad TV is. That isn’t the problem. Our response to last week, if it was, “Wow, TV is bad”, if that was the discussion in your group, then we missed the point.
What we need to be talking about is reordering our lives to stop ingesting the junk on TV and social media – and – ask the question of what is it in us that is drawn to the junk? When I’m faced with my sin, the question I should be asking is, “how am I going to respond to it, what am I going to do about it?”
I heard John Mark Comer talking about this. We are being shaped by what we watch, shaped by what we engage in. Some of the stuff we consume, is consuming us. You are being formed spiritually every single day. There is intentional spiritual formation – reading Scripture, studying God’s Word, reading CS Lewis, Eldredge, John Ortberg, etc. That is active formation = you’re doing something. There is also unintentional spiritual formation. This is passive. It is sitting back and letting the world around you, form you. This is a “human thing” – like it or not, we never stop becoming as humans. Every minute of every single day, you are being formed. You and I have a choice about who will be teaching us. We are all disciples of somebody or something. The question is not, “Are you a disciple?”. The question is, “Who are you a disciple of?” Jesus and His Way? Or are we a disciple of Donald Trump, Fox News, Primetime TV, social media?
I am what I consume. I am what I watch.
We’re going to be taking a very hard look at the situation our world is in. Again, like last week, I don’t want you fixated on “yeah, boy, this world is really bad”. No, the takeaway needs to be, “what is my response going to be?”
We can continue to blanket ourselves in comfort and the entertainment of this world. We can continue to ignore the facts of what is happening to our world. We can keep thinking “I’m safe”. We can have a “nice, Christian life” that looks pretty but we can have lives that are not transformed. A storm is coming, and we need to be ready.
Things can get a lot worse on this planet in a real hurry. A day of reckoning is coming. Wake up.
Billy Graham reminded us that there are but two roads Jesus talked about – the wide road that most everyone in culture is taking. And, there is the narrow road…
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:13-14).
There is no middle road. And all those people who tried to keep one foot in the world and one foot in Heaven, those who tried to ride both roads—all those people are on the broad road, in the sight of Christ.
This broad road is also a crowded road. Jesus said there are many who go in by it. I think one of the greatest sins is conformity. We always hear, “Everybody else is doing it.” No other reason except everybody else is doing it. Conformity. Nobody has the moral courage anymore to stand alone.
We need to be men who are willing to stand alone. Read Zephaniah. It’s a short book. Pick up the Word and read it. See how God moves on your heart after this stark reminder of the coming Day of the LORD.