Not much time for something funny…this is a quick giggle for the moms.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
I’ve enjoyed project playlist the past month or so. As I reconnect with old friends on facebook, it’s been fun listening to the songs I enjoyed 20+ years ago. But as I listen to some of these songs, they tear at me, at my faith, at a holiness God has called me to pursue.
Several weeks ago a friend on facebook posted a John Piper quote that has stuck with me: “there are almost no movies that don't ask me to be entertained by attitudes, motives, & actions which Jesus died to eradicate.”
I hate that quote, or better, my flesh hates that quote. It forces me to think about the idols I’ve spent years tenderly nourishing. It brings to mind 1 Corinthians 6:12, “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be enslaved by anything.”
The problem with thinking about idols is that, as a Christian, you’re bound to realize they’re a problem, that they separate you from God, that they’re purpose is to be smashed.
But, I’ve built parts of my life on a foundation of idols, despite the Sunday school song! If I go smashing up these idols, I might mess up this comfortable life. I’m kinda happy here.
Enslaved? Boy, Paul nailed me on that one.
Despite the painful cry of my flesh, I know that with each idol smashed, I’ll find myself closer to Him, Jesus Christ, the only source of true Joy.