Smooth talk from an evil heart is like glaze on cracked pottery. Your enemy shakes hands and greets you like an old friend, all the while conniving against you. When he speaks warmly to you, don’t believe him for a minute; he’s just waiting for the chance to rip you off. No matter how cunningly he conceals his malice, eventually his evil will be exposed in public. Proverbs 26:20-26 – The Message (MSG)
Where has all the purity gone? Is it under some mountain waiting to be rediscovered? And if so who put it there to begin with??? The unfortunate truth is that WE have.
This world is the world of get. We have a society that pushes us to want more and more, all the while telling us that “We deserve it” and “Who’s business is it to tell you when you have had enough”. The first excuse any marketing company peddling a controversial product will say “Hey we are only giving the people what they want”. Nowhere is that most loudly heard than in our politics today. “We the people….”. What does that really mean now? Does it truly mean that we are allowed to have a free run on how society conducts itself as a whole? In any good business that produces a product you will always a Q&A department or a “Checks and Balances” area. This not only ensures quality but also safety. Now there are many companies that forego the whole Q&A process, to the determent of the unwitting consumer. That’s the reason we have oversight committees who are supposed to be a neutral party. They are there to police a company ensuring they are following a set of predetermined guidelines.
So what happens when that neutral party is no longer neutral? What happens when the ones in charge of ensuring the set standards opt to look the other way or lower the bar on what is acceptable? Even sadder what happens when what is obvious Evil is acceptable and even DESIRABLE?
I was listening to a talk radio program the other day and they conducted a blind call in survey for women asking the question “Which would you prefer Superman or Iron Man?” Well of course you can only guess what 9 out of 10 women replied… yep that’s right each one wanted the “bad boy”. They wanted the thrill of the Iron Man type even though as one caller admitted “I know that my heart would be broken and that he would never care for me, but man it would be a good time while it lasted!” One of the hosts, very puzzled by the reply asked “If you knew your heart would be broken, and that you would be treated badly in the end, why wouldn’t you want Superman???! He would treat you wonderfully and also be a great provider, partner and friend” to which she replied “Yeah… but he would be, well you know, BORING.”
How is it that we have settled for a “cheap thrill” that only lasts a sec compared to the lifelong love of a person that truly cares for us??? How is it that “true” love is “boring” and is easily traded in for a moment of excitement, only to be followed up by brokenness, heartache, depression, bitterness and an empty life? We have now decided to trade in something of quality that lasts and provides lifelong fulfillment for the roller-coaster ride that has a explosive crash landing at the end.
With each generation the bar on depravity is raised, but also lowered on what we view as normal. What we accept today will remove one pebble from the pile until one day it all comes crashing down to bury us under the weight of the avalanche. And what will this avalanche of rock consist of….
“Fool’s Gold” A type of metal that can be found almost everywhere and looks and shines like real gold. The metal can be found on rocks and many miners during the 1849 gold rush where fooled by this metal. Hence the name fool’s gold.
God doesn’t desire us to be Satan’s “fools” but instead to be filled with the truth of His word that provides the discernment to recognize quality when we see it and to accept nothing less. To avoid the pitfalls that society lies out for us and providing our safe passage. I end this post today with a simple but beautiful prayer. May it grant you the way to wholeness and a quality of life our Father desires for us all.
“Our Father Who is in heaven, hallowed (kept holy) be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven (left, remitted, and let go of the debts, and have (given up resentment against) our debtors.
And lead (bring) us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. – Matthew 6:9-13 (AMP)
Be Forever Blessed,