That Which Should Not Be Envied

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Regarding Scripture: Proverbs 23.6-7, 17; 24.1-2

Possibly the greatest influence on any society, is pop culture – that which is cool, hip, and rewarding (financially, sensually, socially).

Pop culture influences with magazines, movies, music, cartoons, comics, critics, fantasizers, philosophers, reporters, sociologists, teachers, and regrettably preachers.

Using the corrective lenses of righteousness, we will take a moment to examine our pop culture; then we will examine some proverbs.

Pop culture shamelessly promotes the carnal delights of the physical existence (cf. Galatians 5.19-21; I Corinthians 6.9-10). Furthermore, it encourages carnal delights as the path, the means, by which true spiritual enlightenment is achieved.

Examine the record of our pop culture.
· Freelance morality:
  o Morals are not absolute, but subjective
  o Encouraging morals to be set aside if a situation so dictates
· Freelance sexuality:
  o Sexual rendezvous with anyone, anytime, anywhere
  o Marital status and age are no longer barriers
· Freelance tranquility:
  o Abortion is used to remove the undesired, unloved child
  o Alcohol and drugs (illicit or OTC) are used to remove the undesired guilt, remorse, and self-reproach

All the while sociologists, philosophers, psychologists, and some preachers advance and encourage this carnal behavior, and sit idly by as people spin into destruction.

With therapeutic means, these professionals establish 1-800-help-lines, and behavioral guidelines promising the ability “to properly partake” of carnal pursuits and the removal of the devastating consequences.

Truth be told, all of this destruction (abortion, death, date-rape, divorce, self-mutilation, suicide, etc.) is from the father of lies (John 8.44), our Adversary, the Devil.

Unfortunately, it is quite easy for any Christian to begin envying the pleasures and rewards of the world, for they seem absolutely satisfying.

However, Proverbs 23.6-7 tells us “Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats” because his heart is not the same as ours.

Proverbs 23.17 in part, says “Let not thine heart envy sinners” and 24.1-2 says “Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them. For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.”

The world certainly promises fame, fortune and fulfillment, but its ways are void. As a child of God, let us lay-aside the envy of the world and pursue the greatest promise – life eternal: no death, no sorrow, & no tears.