Living in the Moment with a Shallow Mindset - A Lost Church in a Lost Society

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Lyrical content once carried a lot of value in some genres of music. These days, if you have one nice drumbeat, you're quickly crowned a rock-star! One hit song with meaningless lyrics, can quickly catapult you into stardom or even a shallow debate about being the greatest artist ever. There are hardworking moms out there who sometimes forget to put make-up on because they are too busy running a business, being a mom, wife and/or an employee. They are not chasing after accolades, they are just doing what they do best. Yet, these kind of parents are NOT the first thing that comes to mind when society chooses to crown the mom or dad of the year.

To win public perception of you or to be considered for "parent of the year" award, all you need to do is post a picture of you and your kid on social media and wait to be celebrated with a lot of emojis. Let's not even talk about the number of shot it takes to get that perfect angle and smile. No, I'm not saying everyone who post on social media is guilty. But you get my point of what a brainwashed society puts more substance or credibility to. All you need is that one good post or tweet to negate the reality of your failing actions or lack thereof. Then you'll get all the likes and emojis to help blur what you really represent. This is often referred to as "living in the moment" with a shallow mindset and it happened today in a sad way.

Before I give you an example of selfishly living in the moment that made me roll my eyes today, let me remind you all that the devil quoted the scriptures to Jesus in Matthew 4:6 but Jesus REFUSED to take the bait. What the devil quoted was NOT wrong but Jesus knew it was selfish, a test and a manipulation of the truth to gain LOYALTYJesus did not care about the devil quoting the scriptures correctly because light and darkness simply have NO relationship. "I never knew you..." in Matthew 7:23 does not mean that the creator of the universe doesn't KNOW you exist. It means there is no relationship whatsoever regardless of what you claim to do in His name. So if we choose to mess around with His name for publicity; that's on us.

Jesus said, a great MESSAGE can become worthless depending on who you are, and how the receiver perceives the importance of the message based on your actions (Matthew 7:5-6). It's like tossing an expensive pearl to a pig. If you don't value it enough to wear it, why should the pig treat it special? Your action sends a message to the pig that regardless of how priceless the pearl(message) is, it should NOT be received as such. The current president of the United States tweeted for a "national day of prayer" and some Christians already want to crown him king of kings. Then you realize that more than ninety-five percent of this same twitter account, holds tens of thousands of tweets filled with hate, racism, insults, ungodly, egocentric, misogyny, crafted lies, arrogance, prideful, demeaning, UNrepentant and discriminating messages, which matches the lifestyle of the person behind it.

To those who understand Matthew 7:5-6 above, it's very easy to see a classic example of what Jesus was referring to - a great message that is made WORTHLESS, just like a priceless pearl tossed to pigs to be trampled upon. A tweet goes out declaring today (March 15, 2020) a national day of prayer; then my phone starts flashing like disco lights with calls, emails and messages from some Christians and church goers. As I read, I had to do a double take to make sure the praises going to the man behind the tweet, is not the same as would the Savior of the world. This is how a society selfishly live in the moment, which can be very dangerous. It creates shallow mindedness and such mindset lacks depth because the reasoning behind it is artificial or temporary. It's like the foolish man that built his house on the sand with no solid foundation.

As Christians, it's our RESPONSIBILITY to pray everywhere at all times (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). We take instructions from God, not from those using His name in vain or for political gains. We pray because it is the only instructed way to communicate with our Father in heaven but we don't become hypocrites about it (Matthew 6:5). We do not need the devil, his agents or the government to tell us when or where to pray. The same people who will not stop lighting up my phone to PRAISE the president and saying "if you are a true Christian" you will "OBEY" this tweet; these are the same people who deliberately choose to ignore everything else about the man's actions and his other tens of thousands of unrepentant tweets. Yet, they wonder why a homosexual presidential candidate recently said that the last person he wants to take "moral advice" from, is this president and his supporters. on national day of prayer
"Conservative movement" is what some Christians call it. However, the deeper you look, the more shallow the so called movement gets. The wider you try to spread your wings around the movement, the less you'll find worthy of conserving. It's more like a "bubble movement" because all you need is one poke to see all the emptiness that keeps it afloat. False News from places like Fox News has become the Bible to some, while others choose to use falsehood from their friends, families and church leaders as A pilar and A ground of THEIR truth (1 Timothy 3:15). Some congregation of the Lord's church can be best described these days as the "lost church" because the truth has disappeared from these congregations, and the devil has found ways to fill the void. People will tell you what to believe but the Bible will tell you who to believe.

It's great to know that the devil believes there is one God (James 2:19) but you should NOT believe in God simply because the devil does. Stop falling for the human hype to make you feel like you are a part of something big when you're not. Jesus is bigger than any so called movement. Stay blessed my friends.

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