Last Saturday I got a text message from someone very close to me. And me being an avid predator hunter, she knew the subject would be of interest to me. She had been included in a small group post from one of the group members. I’m not sure where it was posted (another told me it was an April Fool’s joke and was “all over the internet”. I could find it, but it’s credibility is not what I am blogging about, but rather what it lead me to ponder). Here’s the post…
Crazy, right!?! If you live anywhere in the Southwest, and I dare say anywhere in the U.S., you would immediately recognize this as Canis Latrans (I mean A COYOTE!). It would not surprise me a bit if this were an April Fool’s joke because this is such a familiar and wide ranging animal, even in the most urban areas of our country. From a practical standpoint, I am hard pressed to believe that a coyote was “lured into a crate” with anything. If it were it must have been sick and not completely in its right mind. Nevertheless, to even attempt something like this is “fool-ish” to say the very least. At the same time we humans not completely in our right minds (and I are one) are pretty foolish and down right stupid at times.
So I want you to consider as I have, how we sometimes invite predators into our homes and lives, make them comfortable and nurture them. A few hours was spent on this blog typing rants I erased about advertisements, TV shows, “reality” shows, video games and other things. What’s left of the bog is long enough and concerning the subject on the table I trust and believe what God’s word says in Romans 2:15 that says “They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them”. In short God has given us all the knowledge to discern the difference between right and wrong – good and evil. We have a conscience that works just fine. Our conscience is the conduit that brings us choices. It’s what we do with what our conscience tells us that is a problem. Do we always take advantage of that God given knowledge and think about what God has revealed to us in our conscience? So I hope you read on and are either convicted or affirmed in your awareness of cuddling with predators.
What predators have we brought into our home and lives without thinking (really thinking) about it and looking at the predator for what it is? Sure the coyote is furry and cute, but put your discernment glasses on and take off your “not me” jacket and evaluate things (predators) like – what you watch on TV, what advertisements turn your head, what is food to you, what is drink, medication, music, entertainment, work, title, what you read, recreational toys, money, your friends, your family, what you allow your kids to watch, play, do, listen too… Do these things build into your life or is your life at the mercy of them? It’s not a list of things that are bad. But are any of them being depended upon by you in an unhealthy, maybe even eternally way, that places you or your family in danger or at the very least holds the door open for the real predator (our adversary) so he can devour you? What lyes under the furry, cuddly warm cuteness and thrill of the things you allow into the lives of you and your family?
This blog is about using our God given brains and common sense to avoid inviting predators (the enemy) into our homes and lives. Like with the coyote and other predators, dangerous things that can devour even the strongest of us rome and dwell in every single neighborhood on earth. Our awareness and daily reasoning must not leave out the reality that we live in a fallen world. How did we get here? Biblical history tells us we were lead out of a perfect world and into a fallen one by the enemy, but not because God kept anything from us. Conscience is part of our original design. God said you can HAVE IT ALL, but this one tree, do not eat its fruit. Then came the fall. In the words of theologian Homer Simpson, “Dooh!”. Make no mistake we are fallen and we live in a fallen world. The consequence of both brings a lot of confusion and pain. Confusion comes faithfully from our leader in fallen-ness. Be clear that the enemy is still at work in his devious ways, disguising himself and his minion predators he puts before us. You don’t need to look far to see his work in action. Scripture refers to him as “the god of this world” (2 Corinthians 4:4). The world’s answer to every level of so called “pain”, big and small, is to just feel good. The smallest inconveniences or the pettiest violations of a non-inalienable right or undeserved entitlement have inflamed our fallen sensibilities. As soon as we don’t get what we want, when we want it and how we want it we cry “PAIN” and the world is right there saying – take this if it hurts – buy this thing – finance that – you deserve this – you can’t live without that – watch this, its “reality TV”, measure yourself by it and do it for yourself – you deserve it – the most important things in life are to feel good – be “liked” no matter how you live (as long as “reality TV” sets the standard). Mesmerized by this potion of poop we are blinded to the predators in our lives and dumbed into a false sense of satisfaction that is absent of responsibility. Stumbling dumb and blind down the road of irresponsibility, where its all about me, is a sure road to real pain.
My hope is that you look way beyond the TV for the predators in your life. Our enemy is not limited to using the boob-tube to lure us. But TV (anything with a screen really) is the most influential media of our culture. In this and in a very weird way I think we are very aware of predators and The Enemy. In fact we like to watch him work on screen. We even go looking for him (Housewives, Mob Wives, Bridesmaids, Bachelors, Cops, Hoarders, Intervention, Survivor, The Amazing Race, and on and on…) Bad? Some, but not all – depending what you’re getting out of it. Satan is a prime time favorite and the pain he causes has become amusement to us, and a mind numbing sense of security in our minds that propagates different lies. Here are a few. Watching what are likely real events concerning cops, addictions, interventions and the like, we are desensitized to the effects and may think, “it’s not real. I’m not in danger of that kind of thing”. That may lead us to underestimate our fallen-ness, thinking “at least I’m not that bad” all the while blind to a festering habit or addiction hiding in the safety of your foolishness (predator). Whatever we’re going to watch, we ought to first be asking ourselves what watching it says about me and while watching it, what it says about me and the world around me. In all we watch, always discern what redeeming qualities it does or doesn’t have. There were lots of rants as I mentioned that I erased. To help with the kind of discernment I’m trying to encourage I’ll just give one as an example of our twisted thinking. We would not think getting our spouse and kids together, popping a fresh batch of buttery popcorn, ice up bubbly sodas in our favorite cup, gather in comfy clothes, being sure everyone is settled in their favorite seat, then invite the neighbors over to get hammered and have sex on our couch then yell scream and beat each other while we all watched. Would we? Or we wouldn’t take our family down town to a crime hot spot to watch murder, drug abuse, rape and violent crimes and cheer them on while eating whoppers and popcorn. Would we? Yet we sit on our couch and invite those exact elements into our homes, our eyes, our heads and our hearts (and that of our kids) and naively believe they will have no effect, just because its on a video screen. We invite predators into our homes all the time and wonder why they “are acting aggressively” and eventually devour us and our kids.
We all need to be more aware, me included. Read 1 Peter 5:8 … be sober minded and watchful.