Our world is made of four distinct areas; political, religious, financial and world societies; and other sub-sects of each that branch out.
When we step into the political world what we see and hear is a creation for the masses. What is told is always not real and much is false, but we follow along for the ride.
Then we have the religious sector of society. Each and every one presents an answer, a way to live your life, men and rituals to follow. They are very controlled environments from which people adapt to, perform rituals and chants, becoming members of an established corporation and institution. These religions have become idols because they are based on man-made systems.
The financial engine runs regardless of whether there is debt or not. It just gets heavier and heavier on one side of the scale but to comfort investors numbers are played up and down to settle their stomachs. This side of Babylon is all about competition. Many would believe that it is all an even playing field but corruption has its hand on many operating businesses and corporations. But the game goes on without a blink of an eye.
We then engage in society’s quest for happiness in a culture driven by pleasure and selfish living, nothing matters except what matters to you. There is a world of narcissists growing more rapidly than leaves on a plant. The human heart has been left cold among those who are self-absorbed. It is depravity set in without a conscience.
Part of society’s culture is to cause a sense of depravation. That somehow we have missed out by not owning the newest toothpaste on the market to make your smile shine brighter. There is something you need that you never knew you needed until now. Advertisers make you feel like you can’t live another day without their product. I’m glad we don’t have cable because our brains would be swishing in the sea of greed, gain and covetousness.
Society paints a picture of beer busts and party towns, giddy nights with goblets of wine. There is no end to their escapades. Throw in the intellectual circuit with an obsessed lust for power and pride and we have a formula for 2 Timothy 3:1-5…
2 Timothy 3:1-5 (KJV)
1 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
We are spinning our wheels in the wrong direction if we have been deceived by this world. God gives us good things and wants to bless us but what we find are hearts void of the power to live for Christ. People are no longer living for Jesus, but for themselves. They have a form of godliness but deny His power. There is no fruit in that.
Every road that is broad is a road to destruction regardless if you find palm trees swaying in the wind, pineapples ripe with juice, oceans with white glistening sand and sunny brilliant days that never end. Jesus said,
Matthew 7:14 (KJV)
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
About 8 years ago I had a dream and so did my husband. It was the same dream with a slight variation. In my dream I knew we had to go on a very narrow road. We ended up in our car driving on a ramp the width of our car. I felt peace and knew we would make it to where we were supposed to go. My husband had the same dream. He was wondering how we would go on this narrow road.
I think we are there. These elements of our society are making the road wider and wider and believers need to cling to the narrow way. Jesus said few find it. Did we hear this…few, not a fair amount only a few. He knew the future would become broad and incorporate an anything goes mentality. It is easy to find friends in the world as long as you go along with the broad path. Jesus said if we are friends of the world we become an enemy of God.
James 4:4 (KJV)
4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
Jesus calls us friends…
John 15:15 (KJV)
15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
If we are the friend of Jesus then why would we rather be a friend of this world?
We cannot live as a follower of Jesus if we are following the ways God hates.