In the world but not of it

November 6, 2010

Have it your way…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

“though they worshiped the LORD, they continued to follow their own gods” 2 Kings 17:33

During the 1980’s Burger King launched an ad that included a song whose lyrics I still remember. This tells you how many times this ad must have run since most people I know also remember it well and can sing most or all of it.

It went like this…

Hold the pickles, hold the lettuce, special orders won’t upset us, all we ask is that you let us serve it your way. Have it your way….Have it your way at Burger King

The point that Burger King was trying to get across, and did so successfully, was that you could have your hamburger any way you wanted. It was your choice, not theirs, as to what was on the burger.

You might be thinking “what is so important about that, I do that everywhere I go now” – true, but in the 1980’s this was a big success for the fast food industry. To personalize your burger was a big deal and it changed the way people looked at fast food.

But the concept of “having it your way” has been around a lot longer than the 1980’s. We can go back to the very beginning and see that man’s nature is to want things their own way. In our modern society where materialism and humanism rule, the idea of not having things our own way is unthinkable.

This mindset exists even in church where so many battle the blurred line of following God vs. having more of the world. We too have followed our own gods though we show up each week at church and worship the Lord, but our gods have different names and shapes today.

Our gods can take the shape of external things such career, sports and spending but they can also be internal matters; attitudes or beliefs we hold on to that are contrary to what the Lord asks of us.

Notice the passage says they “continued” – this is the key word in this phrase. It is this “continuous” behavior that drains a person of the spirituality they once started with.

As opposed to putting a stop to the things that divide our allegiance to Christ we tend to “continue” in them.

We even believe that by minimizing those things that might not be so good for us means we are actually getting better but the truth is that a glass that is filled to the top with pure, filtered water is still dirty when you drop a pinch of dirt in it…


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