Temptation?

September 17, 2019

My friend, may I ask you a question? Sadly does it seems that the “green” culture we live in today has become more than a preoccupation for some; even for many becoming another god? Have we gotten to a point where we are worshiping at a big green altar? And this is but one temptation, among so many. Where will it end?

 

Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

 

 

 

Green! Green has become the byword of this generation. As I sat down to breakfast this morning I poured a bowl of oat flakes. As I sprinkled a little sugar on the cereal I began a casual read of the cereal box. First my eyes scanned the ingredients on the side of the box. There were non-genetically altered oats, no high fructose corn syrup, and no pesticides used in the production of these oats. Along with the ingredients the box also displayed tiny logos announcing these wonderful improvements to the production of oats. As I turned the box around I began to read a fairly long description of how the box and the contents bag had been manufactured. The cereal maker was quite proud of the fact that the box had been made entirely out of recycled materials. They made sure I knew this with the statement, “We care about trees, so we use only recycled materials.” The contents bag was the same story. As I read through the entirety of the ingredients and the manufacturing information I spied the word “green” seven times. The cereal tasted good, but I’m not sure that this was the primary goal of the cereal maker. It seemed to me they were more interested in being “green” than being tasty. 

 

Sadly it seems that the “green” culture we live in today has become more than a preoccupation for some; for many it has become another god. Have we gotten to where we are worshiping at a big green altar? 

 

Here’s a thought from James Packer. “What other gods could we have besides the Lord? Plenty. For Israel there were the Canaanite Baals, those jolly nature gods whose worship was a rampage of gluttony, drunkenness, and ritual prostitution. For us there are still the great gods Sex, Shekels, and Stomach (an unholy trinity constituting one god: self), and the other enslaving trio, Pleasure, Possessions, and Position, whose worship is described as ‘The lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life’ (1 John 2:16). Football, the Firm, and Family are also gods for some. Indeed the list of other gods is endless, for anything that anyone allows to run his life becomes his god and the claimants for this prerogative are legion. In the matter of life's basic loyalty, temptation is a many-headed monster.” (James Packer) 

 

Society is full of things we can easily worship. The “green” culture is but one. The temptation to do so can easily lead us to a mindset where a preoccupation with the idea can make us over as Christians, to the point that we create and form a society built in the image of things we worship. A “green” society? It would seem that we are there. When that for which we would give anything and accept nothing in exchange is the most important thing in our lives; whatever that is our god. Green is good, God is better. A perspective is always better than a preoccupation. 

 

We pray. Heavenly Father, the battle against temptations is so strong, we struggle at times to fight it. Give us strength, Oh Lord, to walk away from the evil that tries to lure us in. Father, cleanse our minds, body and soul of anything that is not pleasing to You. Help us to follow in the footsteps of Christ and keep pure and holy, for our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. Lead us to the cross, Oh gentle Savior. Rid us of ourselves because we belong to You. In Your presence is where we want to be. Lead us to victory as we overcome the battle of sin and become a mighty, righteous warrior for You.  In Jesus name. Amen.

 

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

 

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<markcbrunner@thispassingday.com> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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