The Important Things

I’m more and more amazed that people in our society today are so enamored with the trivial things in life. Look at any on-line news site and you’ll see what I mean. The headline articles tend toward the sensational, the entertaining and the meaningless – at least in terms of the eternal. I admit that I like to read an occasional article about my favorite sports teams and I’m sometimes interested in a human interest story, but what we’re given today is complete overkill. And it’s not just the internet that is to blame, although I think the instantaneous nature of the beast has greatly compounded the problem. It runs through all forms of the media from the digital to the print.

There are a number of harmful effects created for a society that feeds on the trivial – our minds are turning to mush; we are failing to teach our children the important values of life; and we are wasting precious minutes and hours – time that we will be accountable for. But the greatest problem is that we have allowed the insignificant to obscure what’s really important in life. As long as we’re fed a pabulum diet of Hollywood scandals, live vicariously through athletes and actors, and challenge our minds with nothing more invigorating than reality TV we won’t have a clear vision of what is really meaningful. Too many people are living in the land of make-believe.

It may be a form of escapism from the hardships of life. It might be because people are looking for something exciting to fill their lives. I suspect that it is more of a spiritual issue than most of us realize. Our attention has been diverted from the eternally significant to the temporal trivial. The enemy is winning.

Jesus addressed this issue in Matthew 24 as He talked about His return: 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 (Matthew 24:38-39). There is nothing wrong with eating, drinking or getting married. Unless of course this things keep us from seeing the things that are of far greater consequence. Jesus’ point was that the problem with the generation that will witness the Lord’s return is that they will miss the important because they will be so busy with what isn’t important. When you put life and death judgment (in this case the flood) next to the events that make up most of life, even the seemingly important issues (eating, drinking, marrying) become trivial by comparison. We are there.

The challenge for the Christian is to not get sucked in to our culture. To fight the temptation to easy living. To challenge our minds with those things that are significant, life-changing and eternal. To make Romans 12:2, Philippians 4:8 and Hebrews 5:12B a reality in our lives. We don’t have to eat pabulum just because that’s what our society feeds us.

Stay in the Word
Pastor Steve

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