Sunday, October 16, 2011

How do we respond to this...


My heart has been in so much angst lately... That may seem weird or even silly but I lie awake at night with a deep despair for this generation!! And it's not their fault... I'm not even saying it's our fault or the generation of leaders before us!! I actually know who is the cause and I know if left unchecked or ignored it will only get worse...

Bottom line... Students today are being bombarded by lies at every turn!! Below are a few examples of what I'm talking about:

Number One song on iTunes (as of Oct. 2011):
"Young, Wild & Free" by: Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa

The chorus is what really made me cringe:
So what we get drunk
So what we smoke weed
We’re just having fun
We don’t care who sees
So what we go out
That’s how its supposed to be
Living young and wild and free

Hugely Famous video that has been downloaded over 250 million times:
"The Lazy Song" by: Bruno Mars

I don't know what I'm more concerned with in this song... That sex is just a "hey, you're really nice...let's do it" OR that he's 25+ years old and the college degree isn't something he's doing for himself but to get 'dad' off his back (It's probably because he still lives at home like most "emerging adults" in their mid to late twenties, but that is a much longer topic for another post):
Tomorrow I'll wake up, do some P90X
Meet a really nice girl, have some really nice sex
And she's gonna scream out: 'This is Great'
(Oh my god, this is great)

I might mess around, get my college degree
I bet my old man will be so proud of me
But sorry pops, you'll just have to wait
Oh, oh

I know, I know... Quit harping on the music!!
Fine let's look at commercials...They're not evening trying to hide 'it' anymore!!
'A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas' TV Spot
Sure... If you cut out the drugs, sex, porn and dismal vocabulary why would anyone go!!

I could complain about Axe all day long... Please stop buying their products, but if you need any reason here's two (Disclaimer: this are real commercials and in my opinion way over the line!):
'Axe 24-7'
'Axe Detailer'

Since we are on the topic of going to far... Can we not all agree that some of the things we are letting folks get away with, in the name of 'breast cancer awareness', is over the line (and ultimately insulting, since someone is obviously making a profit off being crude and probably not kicking much if any back to breast cancer research or exams)!!

Here's a story that just happened with a school that took a stand: Cheerleaders' cheeky breast cancer shirt spark controversy

PLEASE hear me... I'm not saying, breast cancer awareness isn't important or that it shouldn't have attention (though you have to admit there's a bunch right now), I'm saying this is over the line and there has to be a better way to show support AND respect (would love to hear your thoughts here)!!

In the end there were two things in our media that I experienced this week that set me down this path of anger and the feelings of hopelessness... The first was a commercial by Norton, it seemed simple enough but it was the last line that caught my ear:
'Protect Your Stuff with Norton' Commercial
The thing is, stuff happens...because what are you without your stuff, better yet, who are you?

Have we really lost our reason and purpose in this life?? Are we honestly only left with "our stuff"?? How depressing and worthless that life would and will be...

But if that didn't effect you like it did me... Then take three minutes (or eight :)) and watch the second thing I heard this week that really made me stop and think about where we are ARE (most would say 'where we are headed', I disagree, WE'RE THERE FOLKS)!!
"Last Friday Night" by: Katy Perry
*Katy Perry, by the way, has already become the ONLY female artist to have four #1 singles from one album ('Teenage Dream') and if this song continues to climb the charts, she will tie Michael Jackson (the only artist of any kind to pull off five #1 singles from one album)

Some of the lyrics in case you missed them:
Last Friday night
We went streaking in the park
Skinny dipping in the dark
Then had a ménage à trois

Last Friday night
Yeah I think we broke the law
Always say we're gonna stop

This Friday night
Do it all again

This song captures the essence of what I see and hear everyday when I get the privilege of hanging, listening, and loving on teenagers around town, in schools, on facebook, at games, and yes even in church!! The question remains... Is there anything that can be done about it?

My passionate prayer is quickly becoming...'revival'!! And not the, let's put it on the calendar this summer and invite a cool band revival... I'm talking a movement of young adults with a passion for integrity, conviction and purpose!!! Will you join me in this prayer??

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Bike Rides with God!!

God ALWAYS shows up when I'm on my bike... It's awesome!!
Today was no different...

As I attempted to ride to work on my bike this morning, He had me chewing on Matthew 7:13-23 and continuing to reveal more depths of the wide and narrow paths!!

Many things came to mind... Here's just a few:
- Cars blowing by me on the main roads as I struggled on a 'road less traveled'...
(You see, wide is the road that leads to destruction and most are on it, but narrow is the road that leads to life and not a lot of folks will find it... OR USE IT!!)

- The sidewalk was often grass or cracked, like no one cared to take care of it because it wasn't used much...
(The world isn't going to spend money or time on things that seem less productive or not beneficial to their progress... It's our job, God's people, to show them this way is worth it and their way clearly just isn't working anymore!!)

- Big trucks blowing by honking and getting really close to the curb, almost like they were angry I was in eyeshot...
(Many folks are going to get angry at you if you are honoring God... Sometimes because they were hurt by the church once before or maybe just because living in sin is easy and natural until someone comes along and shows you its possible without it!!)

- The many hills and wind that almost seem to punish me or get me to quit...
(Everything in this world is going to try and keep you from staying on the narrow path, to get you to quit, to defeat you... BUT Jesus says its going to be hard but oh so worth it!! We must fight the good fight, find christian brothers and sisters to encourage us, and stay focused on the prize!!!)

God is sooooo Good... I hope today you give Him a few minutes of your time to let Him speak to your heart!!
God is always: Listening, There and Ready (Matthew 7:7-12)!!!