Monday, May 4, 2009
Real Reality TV
There are many wiser, better educated, more cutting edge people than me. I mean, geez, YOU probably have already thought about the things on my mind. Still, as I was watching the Amazing Race last night followed by the Biggest Loser then flicked thru fitness shows, goofy guys working on your house shows, and brain dead "love connection" challenges, the thought occurred to me that we are looking for more, or better, but we never find it.
What if, instead of focusing on all this fluff, we attempt to slow down and perceive what is really going on?
A woman at work got mad at me probably about a year ago. She wouldn't talk to or look at me. Upon being pulled into the office, I somehow had the presence to take a deep breath and wait for her. Her biggest complaint? Not that I wasn't doing my fair share, but a coworker was talking with me about God. The clarity about this fight, between her and me, between any of us, not being of the physical world, flesh and blood, but of a spiritual nature stunned me.
Now, sure, we read this in the Bible. We know there are people being persecuted all over the world for being Christians. Somehow, as American Christians, we don't expect this tho; we don't quite believe the Bible, well, we don't see it as the Living Word. It is more akin to a history book or some love letter between your great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandparents.
But I am thinking more and more that it is really alive. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12 NKJV
So, we can be lulled into a dull witted boredom by "reality" TV, or we can open our eyes to the true reality. We can recognize that as we are distracted with only the physical reality, spiritual struggles continue around us. We can sleep walk thru life, never hearing or interacting with the God of the universe.
How about we turn off the TV, that contraption which distorts the very definition of reality and step into God's idea of reality?