Money. Sex. Power.

Colossians 3:5

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.

I am surrounded by a culture predominately immerse with money, sex, and power. Whether it’s portrayed in the movies, on the internet, or social media, I am constantly shaking my head asking myself how did we as a nation get here.

Why does this world seem to take what is good, wholesome, and beneficial for mankind and rampantly exploit their features? Like the sugar addict who can’t get enough, we as a people take what God has created for our good and dismantled it into a commodity. We buy and sell money, sex, and power because we can and we don’t even consider the downside and the pain and misery we produce along the way. All we care is we get our share and the hell with anyone else. At least that is how I have come to witness the culture being thrown in my face without my approval.

When the apostle Paul wrote his letter to the Colossians church, God’s people were likewise dealing with similar worldly vices. In his letter, he emphasized that we do not control the world around us but we are responsible for our own personal behavior. And personally, we are instructed to kill our carnal desires.

Whenever any desire for a goal, commodity, or experience supersedes our desire for a more intimate relationship with the Triune God, trouble naturally follows. Throughout human history, most of us humans never seem to get enough money, sex or power. At least, my unscientific study seems to indicate that these are the three most abused desires; when run rampant, they leave a trail of destruction. We want more and more and more, but yet are never satisfied. Lives are shattered, families destroyed, and eventually nations crumble.

This is why a relationship with the Triune God is necessary. For you and I are wired to become one with HIM. When the Triune God is allowed to fully express HIS life in you and me, then HIS divine nature which includes self-control is a force to subdue our inner carnal desires. HE also gives us the knowledge through the Bible of what is good, but that alone is not enough. Mankind needs HIS Spirit living in us to fully control the dark side of human nature. And even then, we may occasionally fail, but HE in HIS divine grace, has already forgiven and restored us in Christ Jesus. We are included with Jesus in the Triune circle of life.

We don’t have to partake in this world’s culture of in-your-face excessiveness. Instead, we can quietly and humbly walk with our God, allow HIS Spirit to direct us toward living an abundant life full of real love, joy, and peace which the world truly wants but has no understanding of how to make it happen. Yes, you can even enjoy money, sex, and power bridled under the domain of God’s heart. Because after you had a taste of real life with HIM, you than come to know how to effectively manage and measure real satisfaction and fulfillment in your world.

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

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Religion of Politics

2 Timothy 3-5

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people. 

Politics is a religion of the ungodly. Many of those without a with-God life seek fulfillment through the addiction of power. The basis of politics is power. The side with power gets to fulfill their desires at the expense of everyone else. It’s a game where rules are broken and the end justifies the means.

What is right or wrong, morally correct, or gracefully understood becomes immaterial. Because one-side has the power to get their way, they will use and abuse every means to win.

We have witness political leaders make decisions which harms the majority of people they serve for the purpose of destroying one person or one idea just so they may maintain their power over others. They practice Machiavellian techniques of leadership; the same theory dictators and organize crime syndication’s exercise to manage their domain.    

It is also becoming the norm for today’s universities to educate students to become social activist. The philosophy behind their approach is to create conflict and chaos through the exercise of power. One is taught to exercise all means of placing oneself in the position of power. Lies, intimidation, character assassination, violence, and destruction of property and livelihood are acceptable means to win the power game.

The result of creating such conflict leads to a society at war with itself. In the short term, those in power win. But in the long term, everyone loses.

Thirty years ago, when I would read today’s Scripture, I would wonder how a society built on Judaeo-Christian values could change to become an ungodly culture. Now I see.

When you remove God from institutions, fathers from their home, and educate the young to hate what is good, the fruit is an increase of ungodly acts of human behavior.

America was built on the principles and values of the Triune God. Maybe not perfectly practiced, but the ideals and teachings were the norm in the home, workplace, community, and government. As the Triune God is rejected from these areas, human nature’s bent toward evil becomes more robust and impactful. When the proper fear of God is destroyed, so is the culture and the people within their walls.

Yet, the Bible shows when a people repent, and change their worldview to include God as their Center, prophecy can be altered. There are examples throughout Scripture that shows prophecies may fail because of the change of heart of the people. My prayer is the same; that our leaders change their hearts and acknowledge the God who showers us with His grace by speaking HIS words and behaving with HIS moral compass.

But until then, the pompous, power hungry, and carnal politicians are best left to be avoided. Ignore them, don’t listen to them, and maybe they will repent and change their ways for their sake and for the sake of others. What can be worst for a politician than having no one vote or follow them?

Yes, God loves politicians. But politicians without a relationship with the living God are dangerous and need wisdom from above to truly serve HIS children on earth. So, always pray for them that they will allow us to continue worshiping our God in peace and just as important, they may confront the One True God and change their ways. 

Rooting For You in Christ!

Dr. Mike

Encourager & Founder of
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