Busyness Plans (Part 5)
Right Worker, Wrong Fruit
Do not desire his delicacies, for they are deceptive food.
Proverbs 23:3 (NKJV)
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.
Genesis 3:6 (NKJV)
There shall be no foreign god among you; Nor shall you worship any foreign god. I am the Lord your God... Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it. But My people would not heed My Voice, and Israel would have none of Me. So I gave them over to their own stubborn heart, to walk in their own counsels.
Psalm 81:9-12 (NKJV)
Plastic. We're eating plastic. 'You have eaten the fruit of lies' (Hosea 10:13). 'Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy?' (Isaiah 55:2).
I don't care if it's pumped up with artificial flavor, wrapped up with pretty paper and sold up by savvy merchants. I don't care if it looks beautiful, because it's not real. I don't care if everybody else is doing it.
Remember when two thousand demon-possessed pigs 'Rushed down the steep bank into the lake and were drowned' (Mark 5:13)? When you run with the herd, it's usually a bad idea. We're supposed to take the narrow path--the road less traveled.
But by the millions, Christians are buying and eating plastic--alongside the rest of the world. If you think I'm talking about food--maybe a little. But the plastic producer is media: the food of the masses with sickening side effects, including narcissism, lust and greed--all stemming from the promotion of idol worship.
Even worse? We're working ourselves into exhaustion trying to pay for all the plastic--with more plastic. The majority of American families are forced to leave the kids in the care of one-eyed babysitters (media), because both parents work overtime. For what?
For money, because a plastic life is expensive. And when we're not working to make it, we're working to spend it--with shopping, activities and hobbies--all to buy in to Madison Avenue's version of the perfect artificial life.*
I'm pretty sure God hates plastic.
To Be Continued...
* Madison Avenue: 'Popular street in the Manhattan district of New York City that includes pricey real-estate, high-end shopping and large advertising agencies. Top designers will pay top dollar to open up flagship stores on Madison Avenue mainly because of the elite clientele that the street attracts' (online business dictionary).
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Busyness Plans series.