Our Robot Overlords, I Mean, Protectors

What’s the rush?

You ever wonder why we’re always in a hurry? This subject has been chatted up quite a bit in the last few decades and yet, we show no signs, whatsoever, of slowing down. Why is that? I blame television. That’s when it all started. We had a lot more time on our hands before the screens took over. We sit and stare at the screens for hours on end and then we go out and do the stuff that the screens tell us to do. Now we’re just trying to hurry up and get to work/school/wherever so we can hurry up and get back to our screens. Isn’t that what it really boils down to? I’m a little put out whenever I have to leave my screen. I feel a little denied, a little deprived.

The screens fill our eyes with distorted pictures of what life should be about so we spend any extra time we might have, chasing after things that don’t really exist. We want to live like the t.v. people. We want beautiful homes and nice car(s), big hair and white teeth, slender bodies and fashion accessories. We want an exciting life like those people have. We want our money for nothing and our chicks for free, right? What we see on the screens is not reality, you know that, don’t you? Do you? Do I? We know it’s not real but we sort of believe it, anyway, don’t we? We’ve gotten used to the t.v. people. We feel like we know them. We feel like we can trust them. What’s wrong with looking good and feeling good and wanting nice things? Nothing. But what are we trading in? Nothing’s for free, not as far as the world is concerned. Everything’s got a price. How high are we willing to go?

25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.    Romans 1: 25

This verse is smack in the middle of a discourse on sexual immorality, but I think it’s appropriate here because these are all under the ‘lust of the eyes’ category.

15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them. 16 For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.   1 John 2: 15-17

If we want our lives to slow down, if we want our days to mean something, let’s turn our screens off. Think about it. What has a screen done for you, lately? Do you ever come away from a screen feeling refreshed and encouraged? Do you feel happy and content when you finally peel yourself away from the screen and crawl into bed? Does your heart feel happy and light when you keep a news channel on all day? Even the weather channel is a drag, isn’t it? How much better off are we after watching brutality, lust, and inane dialogue for three to six hours a day? And the commercials, I feel so manipulated and abused by them. Here’s a thought, if the massively large and powerful advertising companies are pouring millions upon millions of dollars into selling campaigns specifically designed to steer the capitalist herd, who’s steering them? Hmmm.

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