There’s a TV show out there that I’ve heard a lot about. I’m not going to mention it by name because, why? It’s just like every other show of its kind and I have a point beyond the particulars. Anyway, I thought I’d check it out and am glad I did, but not for the obvious reasons. I didn’t like the actual show, but it showed me a tragedy that bears remembering: The world is godless and ever functions in darkness.
As I watched this show, all I could think was godless. It was like a bell going off. I don’t speak this in judgment, as if I am about to crusade against the world. The world will always be worldly – there’s no wonder in this. Christ didn’t fight the world and neither will I. But for some reason, I needed to see this.
Who is godless?
I always think that people are who they purport to be. If you’re smiling and present a managed life, isn’t that who you are? I think I look at people as if they were all in a relationship with God. But what I’ve found instead is that most of the people we encounter live as though there is no God. Their days are filled with activity, happenings and circumstances, but God is not acknowledged or addressed. Sure, I too can roll into form and function without Purpose any day. I can step out, motivated by getting things done and forget Why they’re being done. Just let me lead out in self or flesh and this will be the result. But what if this was my every day?
This world celebrates living without a second glance in God’s direction. Usually crisis is the only thing that gets the attention. And as I watched this show, I saw a celebration of everything common while calling it purpose. Oddly, what was presented was darkness with no Light, as if darkness was enlightenment. I guess this shouldn’t shock me, but when it’s depicted onscreen, it just makes it that much more evident. Watching something transpire can make things much more vivid than just thinking about them. What did I see? Millions and millions prefer darkness to Light and live thinking their purposeless existence has meaning.
The godless have no purpose
This plays right into the hands of the enemy. If I’m led by living rather than Purpose, then I am only a little better than the beasts. Purpose is what sets us apart from all the other creatures on this earth. When I live without Purpose, I’m on my way to living like an animal. Go inside any chicken house and you’ll see existence with lots of activity but no individual purpose. The peeps move as a mass and they produce food for me, but living with purpose? Nope. Old “Hen-rietta” is just a dumb chicken.
But these, like irrational animals, creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed, blaspheming about matters of which they are ignorant, will also be destroyed in their destruction…
2 Peter 2:12 ESV
If I live with no purpose or vision [no redemptive revelation of God], I’ll spiral down until I’m living in the delusion of feverish activity masking itself as meaning.
“We must have meaning. We exist for a purpose. We do not live unless we have something to live for.”
(Martha Kilpatrick, “Time is for Purpose”)
Look carefully then how you walk! Live purposefully and worthily and accurately, not as the unwise and witless, but as wise (sensible, intelligent people).
Ephesians 5:15 AMP