Okay. We’d all like to live in a world that was more godly, because it would be nicer. God’s ways work, they work for everyone, even those who don’t believe in Him. Order, charity… yeah, it would be a better place.
But we don’t live in that world.
So, why are you so shocked when someone whose career is based on garnering attention does something to garner attention? Why did you make that person the arbiter of what is good in the first place?
Why are you surprised when someone whose career is based on making people like them does a lot of lying? Do we live in an alternate universe where the truth is suddenly popular? You don’t put sugar in medicine because medicine is so gosh darn yummy that everyone is eager to drink it down.
We are all complicit in making entertainment “important” and entertainers “wise” and to be looked up to. We are all complicit in allowing our politicians to say one thing and do another. We have permitted this. We give them our attention, we give them our votes, we allow them to act like monkeys in a zoo.
And although it’s a bad thing, it has made one thing very clear. The World is a muckpit. No more delicate veil of “it’s not that bad”. Yes. It is. Anyone can see it.
So what do we do?
Either A) we clean up the muckpit or B) we pull out of the muckpit and show the World what “clean” looks like.
Personally I don’t think the muckpit is going to be cleaned until it’s done being as mucky as it be. But that said, I think we need a lot more hands to clean it than are currently on board, and if we want change, the first thing we have to offer is something better.
That’s option B. We need to stand tall, stand proud, and *ACT LIKE CHRISTIANS*. We’re on display, we can’t afford to slip up. Here’s some marching orders, courtesy Paul, to have a start on:
13 For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For the whole Law is fulfilled in one word, in the statement, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another.
16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. 17 For the flesh [g]sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you [h]please. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law. 19 Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: [i]immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, [j]factions, 21 envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 Now those who [k]belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also [l]walk by the Spirit. 26 Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.
There is to be a difference between Christians and the World. The World has done us the favor of blackening up, we need to do our part and shine more brightly. In the meantime, spending emotional energy on “how dark it is!” out there is a waste. It’s the World. Duh. WE need to be shiny bright, and each one of us needs to get with God and let Him clean us as only He can.