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WORSHIPLESS WEDNESDAY – Dec. 9

December 9, 2015

I tapped my foot to an engaging new song while commuting to work.  My mind wandered aimlessly until the words, “Pastor got a look and said, “Ya’ll had better hurry“; Send her off to a little bible college in Missouri”, brought me back to what had so engaged my foot.  The song continued with my full attention as I listened to the song “Getting Ready to Get Down” by John Ritter.

Objection after objection formed in my mind to nearly every stanza of this song.  I turned the radio off with a mixture of anger and sadness.   I was once again confronted with the familiar lie buried into the artistic fabric of our society.

I know this lie all too well.  I believed these lies for long enough to know the truth of their destructive nature.  The Story of JD chronicles my swallowing of the same old lie packaged anew in this John Ritter song.  Consider the gospel that Ritter is proclaiming:

  • There are no consequences to giving your love to whomever you please;
  • There is more to this world than the promises in the Bible;
  • Don’t let anyone, even God, tell you who you should be;
  • The God of the Bible is dry, but the world is exciting;
  • You don’t need to worry about your morality and saving yourself for marriage.
  • It is good to pursue the forbidden sweets of the world.
  • You know what you need more than God.
  • You shouldn’t let God keep you from getting what you need.

That was the message that I absent-mindedly followed with the tap of my foot; A message based on a lie.

I am tired of the same scheming falsehood.
I am tired of the same sneaky deceit.
I am tired of the same hidden distortion.
I am tired of the same crafty fabrication.
I am tired of the same lie of this world.

I want to shout, “You don’t know my God.” 

  • My God is infinitely more valuable than a one night stand;
  • My God’s promises surpass anything the world can offer;
  • My God will make me into the most complete me possible;
  • My God is the most incredible and interesting entity in the universe;
  • My God has given me everything and I give it all back because I love Him;
  • My God created all the sweetness of this world & I’ll follow his tasting instructions;
  • My God gives me all that I need, exactly when I need it;
  • My God knows what I need better than I do.

This world has nothing for me!

If you don’t feel strong desires for the manifestation of the glory of God, it is not because you have drunk deeply and are satisfied. It is because you have nibbled so long at the table of the world. Your soul is stuffed with small things, and there is no room for the great.
~ John Piper

We are all enticed to nibble at the table of the world.  A smorgasbord of the same lie confronts us in a myriad of ways from the moment we awake to the moment we go to bed:

Songs harmonizing a lie.
Movies glamorizing a lie.
Academics retorting a lie.
Politicians legislating a lie.

It is a sad reality that many who profess Christ will go to bed tonight stuffed with small morsels cut from the same lie.  We must fight this reality.  We must not mindlessly tap our foot to the latest musical rendition of the same lie.  We must not be shaken from the Truth that God is better than anything this world can offer and the source of our everlasting joy.

That is the wonderful Truth for our minds to be set upon.

 Christ did not die to forgive sinners who go on treasuring anything above seeing and savoring God. And people who would be happy in heaven if Christ were not there, will not be there. The gospel is not a way to get people to heaven; it is a way to get people to God. It’s a way of overcoming every obstacle to everlasting joy in God. If we don’t want God above all things, we have not been converted by the gospel.
~ John Piper

11 comments

  1. Reblogged this on Morning Light.


  2. Amen. Let’s keep peeling the white-wash off the wall of these lies being spread not just in the culture but in the church as well.


  3. How true… I personally am called very old fashioned ( also rude and bigot ) for avoiding the worldly so called koolness.. I become so anxious seeing my loved ones drawn toward all the bling..

    Loved the ” You don’t know my God” part..

    Thanks for this post..

    Carol


    • You are very welcome. We serve and incredible God who can do all things including drawing our loved ones away from the bling of the world. I too have loved ones that I consistently lift up in prayer for God to show them that He is more valuable than anything this world may have to offer and that my life might be an example that He can use in bringing them to himself. God Bless! JD


  4. Reblogged this on The Church at Pittsfield and commented:
    “The gospel is not a way to get people to heaven; it is a way to get people to God. It’s a way of overcoming every obstacle to everlasting joy in God. If we don’t want God above all things, we have not been converted by the gospel.”


    • Thanks for the reblog; it is very appreciated. God Bless! JD


  5. Reblogged this on the grizzle grist mill and commented:
    This is really good. Couldn’t help but reshare…


  6. So good and so true! … Love the quote by John Piper…if you haven’t a strong desire for God, you haven’t drank deep and become satisfied. Wow. Love this. Thanks for sharing. I may just Reblog. 😉


  7. Thanks for writing this, J.D. This is a pervasive, deceptive, attractive to the flesh “pack of lies.” But a veil is still in place over the eyes and hearts of the unbelievers, and the only effective veil-remover is the gospel.


  8. Wow… I really never looked at it that way, but you’re absolutely right.


  9. Dear JD,
    This is so true. I find myself sometimes making the same mistake, tapping to the music, hearing familiar “gospel” words without really listening to the message conveyed!
    Thank you for an enlightening and thought provoking post!
    God bless,
    Herman of bibledifferences.net



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