On Sunday I taught a lesson to my youth group about the dangers of distraction. Now for any teen and pre-teen, the distractions were pretty standard…social media, relationships, sports, video games, etc.
I would like to think in its entirety it was a powerful message. But tonight, a single thought has flown back into my mind. When spoken, it was not planned nor did it have any earth shattering conclusion behind it.
“Everyone has distractions. If anything, you face more distractions as an adult.”
Nothing earth shattering, really. If anything, it’s pretty blah. But I want to analyze those words. What distracts adult believers? And why is it more powerful than distractions of children?
I feel that most teens let the world consume them. It’s a given. They tend to have a little more protection if they have faith, but being a Christian doesn’t exclude you from the flashy ways of the world. In my opinion, there always seems to be room for breakthrough with teens. Even if they think the world owes them something, there could still be a moment that shatters them and gives a testimony to be told. Pride isn’t concrete just yet.
Adults though? They are constantly under attack from every direction. Relationships, work, finances, politics, etc. IT IS EVERYWHERE. And the first thing that steps on stage? Pride.
But I want to focus on adult believers for a second.
Adult believers are USUALLY (big assumption on my end) believers because they had a moment with God at some point. As a kid, sometimes you believe simply because you’re told to. But as an adult, you make your own decisions. And why would you pursue God if you didn’t really believe? Anyway, this is about distraction, so let me get back to the point.
As adult believers, we tend to have a pretty solid testimony. However, as we walk with Christ year after year, our earth shattering experience has a tendency to fade. Fade to the point where we now remember it as a small earthquake…or a sneeze…but no longer shattering. Which means our dependence on God and His Truth also dwindles.
What I’ve come to notice is how easy it is to be distracted from the picture of the old us. You know, the person we were before Jesus properly grabbed ahold of us. And as soon as we get distracted from that, well, we turn into the earth shatterer. Ego says we grew on our own. That we may of done some bad things but never as bad as the world today. And then we sit down, content with ourselves.
See, we become the stagnation gripping churches today. We begin to find solace in our Sunday routine and get pretty good about calling on God and proclaiming His name. BUT. We forget how to love. We see gay people as sinners who don’t deserve to be loved. And other religions as people who are practically the devil in flesh. But who are we? [Romans 2:1-6]
There isn’t a single person on this earth who is perfect [Romans 3:23]. Not one. And even though we know this deep down, even though we feel the conviction crawling up our spine, our flesh screams for us to consider that we’re a little better (or maybe a whole lot better) than the abortionist who’s being interviewed on t.v.
Please do not read this in hate. It is so easy to trip into the traps of this world. But read this with an open heart. With a tone of love and concern from your sister in Christ. It is a battle we must all face.
If there’s anything I could say to adult believers it is this. You are being distracted. You are taking your eyes from the things above [Col. 3:1-2]. Displacing your focus from a relationship with Jesus Christ to trying to steal His seat. Distraction is bad. But when it’s hate that has your mind, body and soul? You’re giving in to the temptation of the devil.
People in my generation are so big on love. I may not support what they support, but I can realize why they believe what they do (this does not mean I condone). We were created to belong and be loved. Many views of belonging, tolerance, and love are against the Word of God. HOWEVER. When Christians become distracted by their purpose and refuse to love like Christ, they showcase a love that is lesser than the views of the world. Does that represent God accurately? No way. But if the only way people of this world can hear about Jesus is through us, and we represent the devil better than God, then what else can we expect? [Romans 10:14-15]
Loving and approving are two completely different actions. I hope the Church one day realizes this.
Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. – 2 Timothy 2:23-25 ESV
I refuse to be distracted by politics or any other thing people decide to identify as…including religion. Let’s talk heart posture. Most people who despise God or think “God isn’t for me” have never properly experienced the love of Christ, whether through the Spirit or Christians. I’m sorry if that may be you.
You want to talk love? 1 Corinthians 13.
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