Things that don’t matter

Today we continued our study on things that matter in life from God’s perspective. We discussed how there are MANY messages in the media (on TV, on billboards, in movies, in games, on the Internet, in magazines, etc.) which try to distract us away from things which really matter in life. We mentioned Earth Day this past week, and showed a video which Alexander created about using electric cars rather than gasoline powered cars.

Just as most messages in the media do NOT encourage us to take environmentally friendly actions like using an electric car, we also see many messages that encourage us to have a focus which is not Godly. We brainstormed many of these distracting media messages today.

These were the results of our brainstorming:

What doesn’t matter
1. Tanning
2. Subway message to eat fresh
3. gambling your life away at a casino
4. get a prize for buying something you don’t need
5. Smoking is cool
6. what computer is best?
7. cool cleaning supplies
8. having an awesome cell phone
9. buying stuff

Eating fresh, healthy food matters because our bodies are God’s temple and we are to care for ourselves. Staying clean and keeping our surroundings clean also matters. There are many messages which encourage us to focus on things which do NOT matter, however. This ties closely to Pastor Mateen’s message this week in the service, “A Mind Worthy of the Gospel.” It also connects well with our prayer of confession from today’s service, including these words:

Today we confess in particular how we have misused our minds. We have pursued the lies of our culture as if they were true; we have lingered over dishonorable thoughts; we have justified injustices; impure and ugly images have clouded our vision.

Next week we will continue this series and focus on the things which DO matter. The words of the apostle Paul will be part of our focus in Philippians 4 :8-9.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me— put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

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