When describing uncertain times, the young preacher Timothy said, “Men will be lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God.”
Simply put, that defines our society. How could you read that and not think of the society we now live in? Go online, watch CNN, and you will find just that...pleasure over worshiping God. Many people live from one good time to the next, one vacation to another, one weekend to another. It is pictured in some of the quotes of our day: “Don’t worry, be happy”... “Are we having fun yet?”...Thank God, it’s Friday”... and on and on we go!
Even though Neil Postman’s witty book, We’re Amusing Ourselves To Death... was written back in 1985,
it still holds truth to this day. He points out that in the 18th Century, America was represented by the city of Boston; in the 19th Century, by the cities of Chicago and New York; in the 20th Century, America was depicted best by the city of Las Vegas! How sad. And we’re still, more than ever, moving in that direction. Everything has to entertain us!
God’s Word teaches us that life must have balance. While God wants our lives to be pleasurable and enjoyable, He doesn’t want us to be obsessed with the pleasure of it. When we become more interested in pleasure than honor and godliness, we are doomed for destruction. History teaches four stages to ruin. First, there is a fascination with pleasure, then a preoccupation with it, than an addiction to it, then destruction because of it.
No one can say we are not preoccupied with the pleasures of self-indulgence. If that were not true, our churches would be filled every week. But we’ve become obsessed with “things”, sports, music, and “image”, just to name a few. In this New Year let’s take a look at our lives. Something is wrong when stadiums are full and many churches are empty. We are giving an example to our youth when we spend more time out at the park than we do in the worship of God. Let’s resolve to get back in balance in 2017.