I observe my grandsons and granddaughter as they navigate their inevitable exposure to pop and world culture. Our world has made a turn. We are on a destination path of change, I fear, not for the better.
Media, tech, and education are changing the game at an alarming rate. When I was a kid marketing was hitting its stride. Now, it is overwhelming thought and values.
How can we so systematically remove our Creator from everything we do and turn what is so black and white in the God Story to something so colorless and lifeless within our world view? Stories of gratefulness ring hollow as they are told in grey, emotion-tinged, obligatory tones. Everything appears to be for show. Expected. Choreographed for impact. Sanitized to manage our humanity. Opportunistic to the max.
Living in the grey·world appeases the senses but starves the soul.
Consider this excerpt from the God Story, in Acts 17:24-31:
“The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things.
He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’
“Being then the children of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man. Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.”
Join us in choosing to step out of the grey world into the rivers of light. Choose to sing the ancient song of significance rather than going to such great lengths to cover our nakedness. Ask our Creator to speak softly to the little minds and hearts of our kids and grand kids – even as they sleep.
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.
For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.” – Romans 1:18-23