Monday, August 8, 2016

The World Vs.Scripture

"She needed a hero, so that's what she became."

"Invest in yourself."

"Do what makes you happy."

"I am other."

"She believed she could so she did."

"In the end, we only regret chances, we didn't take.

"Make your dreams happen."

"Not all who wander are lost."

"Whatever you decide on, make sure it makes you happy."

These are popular phrases that you may have seen on a sign.   Some of these sound great, especially on a pallet board or on a chalkboard.  For someone, like myself, who has an artistic flare or is a Pinterest addict, I find myself liking and sharing these quotes. 

Now, some quotes are obviously anti-Bible/anti-God's way, others are Scripturally based and still others are hard to distinguish.  They sound good, but when you compare them to Scripture, you realize that they are just another attractive form of worldly thinking. 

So, I want to encourage you to really compare the quotes around you to Scripture.  I'm not blogging today to pick apart every quote at your local Marshalls.  I'm not here to judge the wall art you have in your home.  I'm not even going to go through and blast each quote, but what I am going to do is encourage you to give those quotes a second glance and ask yourself these questions...

  • Do they give God the glory? 
  • Are they about pleasing God or pleasing self? 
  • Is it all about YOU and YOU doing IT?  Is there any God in this equation? 
  • Do they point to our identity as the children of God?
  • Do they point to the fact that God has a sacred way of doing things that point back to Him and His holiness?
There are some phrases that support sin and there are some phrases that obviously do not support the ways that God has.  For example: Target just came out with a new line that includes the quote "I am other."  This refers to and supports the transgender/gay community.

For someone that just does not fit into the "norm" (if there is one), this could be a go-to quote for them. But, I would caution you to, once again, give each quote a second glance. 

For those who have strong personalities and are do-it-yourself types, the "she-does" are popular. Being happy and investing in yourself is not wrong, but the messages distract us from the goal.  The goal is God.  The goal is giving God the glory. The goal is less of me and more of Him. 

So look again. 

Compare to Scripture. 

We have an opportunity to give God glory. We have the opportunity to be light.  We have the opportunity to share our faith through the messages we surround our selves with. - Rejoicing in the Present

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