IMPORTANT NOTE — More so than most weeks, the slides below are key. Please click on the below link and go through them deliberately and carefully.
Here are the slides from today >> clear eyes 17 – wake up 2
These slides take 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?”
This will not be pleasant and soothing to our ears. It is not designed to be. Today is a wake up call.
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 continue to live a “nice, Christian, South Georgia 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.
And what should our response to this be? Where do you start? We need to repent. Sin and repentance are not culturally popular words. Our culture worships at the alters of pleasure, consumption, gratification, great coffee, world-class meals, Netflix, etc. … it is “consume what you want, you be you, do what makes you happy” and “as long as it is not hurting anyone, do whatever makes you feel good”. Except, as we know as believers, all these things do hurt someone. They hurt us. They hurt the man that worships them and consumes them. Gluttony hurts you. Pornography fries your brain, rewires it and forever changes your view of women and sex. Our nation is drunk on sex and pornography and pleasure and it fuels the absolute horror of sex trafficking.
And yes, for many of us, that stuff is “out there” and “not me”. Except, it is. To a degree, all of reading this worship at the alter of our own little personal gods. It may be money or appearance or status or looking successful … these things we chase that we think will make us feel complete. We have turned our backs on God to seek our own personal gratification.
We need to repent.
Flip through those slides and realize, this stuff is everywhere in America. It is impacting your home in many ways. It may be a child that is in his/her mid-20’s and is a “None” and has no faith. They may have a good job and drive a nice car but they are absent anything spiritual in their lives. It may be a creeping pull you have to pornography. You’ve battled it for years and it keeps tripping you up. It may be an over-attention to self – that you must be noticed and respected. It may be the size of your retirement account and the drive you have to get to where you have “enough” for a comfortable retirement.
We need to repent.