Prosperity Teaching is Clogging Up Airtime

 

Back in the day, in my day, say twenty or so years ago, I would be able to hear a good Word from a preacher/teacher. Their perusal of the Scripture and their timely analysis of a situation I can identify with, got my morning started on the right “foot”.

Now, when I turn on the television to preaching, this is what I hear:

  • “Give your seed money…”
  • “Malachi 3:10! Remember so the windows of heaven will pour out on you”
  • “Many of you don’t tithe to the church…”
  • And on and on.

One day, my husband and I was looking forward to hearing something to place a balm on our Spirits and literally each “church” channel was talking about prosperity.

Now, before I get verbally blasted about prosperity, I guess I should tell you where I stand on the issue. First, even back in my day there was talk of prosperity and how tithing will increase wealth- I was all over that kind of talk and loved it. Believed in it.

However, now I believe in “good will come to him who is generous and lends freely”(Psalm 112:5) and remembering that “whoever sows sparingly, will reap sparingly”(2 Corinthians 9:6). I also think about the lady with the two mites. It may not have been ten percent, but she gave all she had(Mark 12 and Luke 21).

When you think about it, God deserves more than ten percent anyway and the way to give to Him is to help the poor.

Two things I do now, so I can soak up the Word: 1)I go to my bible. What better place than good ‘ol Scripture? 2) I go online(thank God for the internet!) and I plug in keywords on YouTube for good teachings. Now, some teachers of the Word have strayed and talked on seed money and many televangelists I try not to listen to anymore because I feel they are leading people astray.

You can never go wrong with reading the Word alongside the Holy Spirit though. My thing is this: If I want secular, money talking jazz in my ear I can find any other channel for that, but when I want God’s message. That is all I want. God’s message.

Period.

Pretty Little Vain Things

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An ancient evil is rising.

Truth be told, it has always been here, but with social media, how can we not know of its invading presence?

This thing is not even human, it is a wicked thing and we have forgotten the logistics of how “it” works.

I am talking about the generation of “selfies”.

But you and I know it as vanity. What is more interesting to note, is that looking beautiful is deemed as a free pass to “do something” or not do something. I will explain later.

We are told to keep up with the Kardashians and we see at the top of Google searches, a young boy who has taken over 3,000 images of himself, which progresses over time to how he looks now.

Even worse. There is an article about a couple who reportedly took selfie pics and fell over a cliff while doing so. They died.

Now let’s keep it real.

We’ve all taken pictures of ourselves. Heck. We have pics of ourselves on Google+ and I have pic of myself on Examiner.com(we have to have one by the way. Policy)

But taking too many photos of ourselves says something about our culture. I mean, we can YOLO(You Only Live Once) all we want, but shouldn’t we live that one life humbly and right?

If you think selfie-ism and taking pics is harmless to our culture. Let’s look at another idiotic side of it.

If you are attractive, you get a free pass.

Several weeks ago, a blue eyed male, locked up in prison had his mug shot taken and it took Facebook and the media by storm. Girls and women everywhere wanted to bail him out because as one woman said,

He is too handsome for jail. He can model.”

Really?

Never mind that he is a thug and has a girlfriend, but he is “too pretty” for jail.

And the latest. Sabina Altynbekova. A great volleyball player but now silly people want to know: Why is she playing a sport? She is just too pretty for that!

I blame it on the Pretty Little Liars show. If we place pretty in front of something illegal like murder and robbery it is okay. Or perhaps if someone is pretty, they should not be exercising.

Totally lame.

Meanwhile, the rest of us ugly pugs can only hope we are extremely talented enough just to make it.

Alright, so what does God have to say about this? Does the bible give a more truthful point of view to take?

Yes. Here it is.

  • “Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”-Proverbs 31:30(NIV)
  • “But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”-1 Sam. 16:7
  • “Then I considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had expended in doing it, and behold, all was vanity and a striving after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under the sun.”-Ecclesiastes 2:11
  • “Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5: 19-21.

I would also like to add that anything we uphold and worship more than God is idolatry. Yes, even good things(Acts 17:11).

So how are we to frame our minds around this vain, selfish thing?

We are not. The bible calls for us to focus on what is good and pure to begin with.(Phil.4:8). This post is merely a mirror shedding light on what is happening and to get a good discussion going. However, we do not dwell on these evil things. None of it will matter in the end anyways.

Beauty fades.

God’s Word is everlasting.

Thoughts??