Reflections on Sunday Morning Television

It’s not easy surfing the channels on Sunday morning without being painfully aware of how victimized the saints have become where discerning the difference between anointing and theatrics is concerned.

That said, this Sunday I am reminded once again of something else, but very much related, even from the beginning – Diotrephes comes to mind.

It has to do with entitlement. Our whole nation, and increasingly the world as taught by the U.S. is drowning in a sea of entitlement. Entitlement is sort of the opposite, of “he that doesn’t work, neither shall he eat.”

It was intended that, “…from before the foundation of the world that through the church, the world might be taught the manifold wisdom of God.” It seems that this too became an occasion of stumbling, as what’s been calling itself “church” seems to have taught the world something else altogether – entitlement. What has been passing for “Christian leadership” has been operating out of entitlement for millennia by now, and we see this reflected in government, just about any government, but for now, the U.S. Government serves well enough as an example.

The U.S. Congress in particular, is the very embodiment of entitlement as it continues to abide in and pass laws that do not apply to itself. It is above it’s own legislation, much like what has been passing for leadership in what’s been calling itself “church.” Ezekiel 34 has much to say about this.

Perhaps enough said for one Sunday morning.



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2 Responses to Reflections on Sunday Morning Television

  1. Karen McCall says:

    As I read this it reminded me of an email I’d sent this week, I went back and pulled: When serve us first takes the place of service first our government and our politicians have lost their way. Unfortunately those politicians who are there to serve us are quickly crushed by the self-serving system that has become entrenched. And so we move forward. A woman told me one time I had a pretty ideological outlook for a half-century old woman, that I should expect the worst, “We live in a fallen world.” She said.

    I have heard the words, “What’s in it for me?” come from my own lips. I don’t think you have to do everything from a place of service, and yet, there comes a time where life hands you an opportunity to step up, to stand against the tree of life and measure your height, and in the end it doesn’t matter who’s taller or who’s shorter, it doesn’t matter whether you profited or lost, but that you stepped up. And I would add as relates to this piece that you stepped up when you were called.

  2. jimpuntney says:

    “A dispute also arose among them, as to which of them was to be regarded as the greatest. And he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves.”
    Luke 22:24-26 ESV

    “But not so with you…”

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