July 20, 2013

MESSAGE "Anything But Jesus "

*Inspired Commentary


"Anything but Jesus.  Anything except Jesus.

*** Isn't that how it goes? Isn't that how life is? People will do anything,  love anything, say anything .... except when it has to do with Jesus.  He is not wanted.  Not invited. Not believed.  Not accepted.

Life ... full of activity. Work. Jobs. Play. Parties. Talking. More talking. Movies. Music. Sports. More sports. Cars. Motorcycles. Pools. Restaurants. Malls. Theaters. Venues. Arenas. Festivals. More festivals. Entertainment galore. Concerts. Television. Videos. Video games. Addictive games. Computers. Chatting. Flirting. Pornography.

Sex. Sex addictions. Adultery. Sex, sex, sex. Nudity. Untold sexual activity. Flirting. More flirting. Dirty talk. Verbal sex. On-line sex talk. Endless sensuality. Never satisfied. Relationships gone into hell. Loneliness.  Emptiness. Jealousy. Anger.  Trouble. Defeat.  Divorce.

Selfishness. Vanity. Beauty.  Clothes. Tons of make up, lotions, potions. Hair. Nails. 'Mani-Pedis'. Massages. Gyms. Exercise that never quite satisfies. Competition. Vain glory in self, in bodies, in transitory strength and temporary fitness levels. It is all temporary, for the most athletic and the very beautiful people will eventually age, decay and die.

Parties. Bars. Taverns. Get- togethers. Family outings. (These are good, to an extent. Sometimes this takes over people's lives.)  More get-togethers. Endless socialization:   with family, friends, co-workers, and even with (your) enemies. Talk, drink,  food,  fun.  Fun, fun, fun. Conversations. Debates. Opinions. Strong words. Heated arguments. Political ranting and raving. Self righteousness. Religious strivings. Smug looks. Arrogant speeches. The talk NEVER ceases.

Activity. Fervor. Excitement. Frenzy. Chaos. Fighting. Violence. Drinking. Drugs. Mobs. Anger. Racism. Gangs. Secret clubs. Fraternities. Groups of violent men. Packs of human wolves. Rape. Murder. Robbery. Beatings. Sexual abuse. Rage unleashed. Shootings. Fury demonstrated in streets... and behind close doors.  Wives being beaten, mutilated. Children cowering in fear, neglected, traumatized ... most violence beginning with alcohol and drug use. Party up.  Party into oblivion.

Money. Shopping. Shopping trips -  to no end. Malls. Super malls. Superstores, open 24 hours. Super, duper, super-sized mega malls. Huge complexes. Debts. Bills. Bills to infinity.Credit maxed out.  Never ending expenses. Spending. More and more and more.  It's never enough. More stuff. A new house. New car. New land. More. More. Remodeling. Adding on. Accumulating more wealth, more land, more businesses, more toys, more glut.

Trips. Travel, vacations. Splurging. Luxuries. Posh. Unnecessary frivolity. Air travel. Traveling back and forth, here and there. Driving thousands of miles. Train rides. Car rides. Taxis. Road trips:  going for miles upon miles. Where is the destination? Where are you all going?

Mindless television addiction. Thousands of cable tv channels. Pay-for-view. More. More. See-it-all. See it again.  And again.  Hypnotizing video pablum. Humdrum, droning noise and visual food.  Zombifying intake ... into the soul and into the spirit.  Mind-numbing.  Soul wasting.  Too much.  Over indulgence of video, audio.  Mind searing, emotion killing.  Social reclusionary activity . (Slumbering inactivity... as destructive as over-activity.)

Busy. So busy. Always busy. Churches are busy. Meetings, conferences, Talking and talking  - and more talking. Always on-the-go. Trips. Conventions. Parties. Money. Socializing. Buzzing commotion. Groups. Talks. More groups. Never-ending fund raisers.  No time for Jesus.

Food. drink. Fun. Pomp. Grand venues.  Festivities. Galas.  Dinners, outings, hub-bub, ado.  Dancing, glamour, lights, sound, booming noise, yelling, screaming, hilarity, falsity, false wonder.  A false life, were it to be unveiled for what it actually is.

***

Where is Jesus in all this? 

video~ "The Unwinding Cable Car " - Anberlin


video~ "To The Wolves" - Anberlin

 To the wolves, you left me to the wolves.
Thought it was me and you against the world,
But you left me to the wolves.
Who needs enemies, when we've got friends.
Who needs enemies, when we've got friends like you.
Who needs enemies, when we've got friends.
Who needs enemies, when we've got friends like you?
Woah-oh, woah-oh.
Woah-oh, woah-oh.
Woah-oh, woah-oh.
Who needs enemies, when we've got friends like you.
You made me believe that you're so right,
But it's only in your eyes,
In your eyes.
(In your eyes.)
Deceiving, say you love me but I found lies.
Deceiving, let me forget, to the wolves.
To the wolves, you left me to the wolves.
Thought it was you and me against the world.
But you left me to the wolves.
Who needs enemies, when we've got friends.
Who needs enemies, when we've got friends like you.
Who needs enemies, when we've got friends.
Who needs enemies, when we've got friends like you

video~ "Pray Tell" - Anberlin


video~ "Safe and Sound" song


video~ " Take Me Away" - Delirious


video~ "Find Me in the River" - Delirious


in Him was life

in Him was life