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October 14, 2016

TEXT:  “”And Elijah came near to all the people and said, “How long will you go limping between two different opinions? If the Lord is God, follow him; but if Baal, then follow him.” And the people did not answer him a word.””  I Kings 18:21

The word “cool”, according to the dictionary, means “somewhat cold”. Of course there are several ways the word is used in common speech. For instance in jazz music it indicates “marked by restrained emotion” (as opposed to “hot jazz”, Dixieland to some). But in modern parlance, mostly girls, it is used  to mean “very good”. That is it’s use here.

From youth throughout lifetime all humans make choices about “lifestyles”. Again citing Webster’s, “lifestyles” means “the typical way of life of an individual, group, or culture”. As we grow we notice that we are constantly presented with choices between different thoughts, behaviors, values, friends. etc. Some of our choices are minuscule while others are momentous. Many important decisions are made in our formative years. They may have many evil consequences in our lives. Other options we choose may yield building blocks to happiness and success.  God boldly reminds us of this important lesson. “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” Galatians 6:7

Young people have very little experience with making lifestyle choices. They have very limited exposure to the dangers of choosing a pleasure or habit that imperils their entire futures, yet they want to grow up so fast! Modern society serves these pleasures to children much earlier than they were shoved before us. Our parents pointed out many of these dangers to us and explained to us their consequences. But children have very little opportunity to evaluate this (not to mention experiences). Either the crowd just older or their own peers demonstrate to them behaviors, but not consequences!  Spiritual matters must be presented to youth early in life and differences between right and wrong not only taught by parents but the good must be modeled. Stress that “cool” is not always compatible with Christian behavior. “Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”… Ecclesiastes 12:1  “When I was a son with my father,  tender, the only one in the sight of my mother,   he taught me and said to me,  Let your heart hold fast my words;  keep my commandments, and live.” Proverbs 4:3-4

Adults are never safe from the entrapments of “the cool” either. They are also presented with enticements every day and night. They are beckoned to adultery, filthy speech, pornography, pilfering, violence, sexual violence, alcohol, drugaetc. Our movie theaters are seething with sex, violence, death, horror, and lewd speech. The small screen at home is hardly better, same song, a few restrictions, but the U.S. Supreme Court will soon fix that!  Human beings have copious freedoms, which is troublesome because many are beyond their ability to control properly. Most adults have the attitude that since they have reached their majority age that they can control their every  urge and habit, WRONG! As people see the temptations in life they think they whatever is available on the table they can choose both good and harmful behaviors. Friends, life is not a smorgasbord ! Read the text above and see that it is all God or all Satan. “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”  Matthew 6:24  So, you can choose either holiness  or cool, but you can’t have both!    

But we all subscribe to the fallacy that we can have it all; that we can pick both good and evil and everything will come out even. Our tastes are tuned to enjoy both right and wrong. We say, “God made us this way, so he won’t punish us for our sins. Could it be that Satan has sold us that bill of goods? ABSOLUTELY!  But let’s remember that to follow both good and evil is both folly and impossible Jesus insists on the truth.   ““Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. Matthew 7:13-14  

Holiness and Cool are not really compatible.












One Comment
  1. Larry permalink

    Yes! This one really laid it on us, and how we must be reminded of how vulnerable we are to Satan’s lies. And I’ve heard that word “cool” used to cover a multitude of sins. LS

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