A few weeks ago at Poinciana Christian Church, I preached a sermon about popular/secular culture, and why real Christians will always feel out of step with it. One of my reasons was that while popular/secular culture offers a smorgasboard of goodies for the mind and body, it offers nothing for the soul.
Today I stumbled across a vivid example. (I wish I could’ve used this in my sermon!)
Lesli Doares, a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice, wrote an article in which she challenged people to ask 7 questions before leaving a spouse to run off with a lover. That sounded interesting to me, so I read on. Here are her 7 questions:
Do you really know your lover?
How real is this relationship?
Are you being objective about your marriage?
Are you being honest about your contributions to your marriage?
Is your happiness more important than your children’s?
Are you aware of the dismal statistics your new relationship faces?
Are you prepared for the reaction of your family and friends?*
These are not bad questions. I like them, as far as they go. What’s missing is any emphasis on the spiritual implications of ditching your marriage and running off with a lover. For example, some questions like these might’ve been helpful:
What is your conscience telling you about this decision?
If you are a person of faith, how do think God views a decision like this?
Have you prayed about it?
What do you think this decision would do to your witness?
I could think of more, but you get the idea. Ms. Doares’ questions completely ignore the spiritual aspect of a decision that would surely produce monumental spiritual ramifications in a person’s life.
And that’s the problem with popular/secular culture. It isn’t all bad, but it generally ignores your soul. Which is why there are so many starving souls. Countless people, including a lot of believers, willingly and eagerly absorb popular/secular culture all day long, while only occasionally getting a little spiritual nourishment. Imagine a week with hours and hours of work stress, household chores, mind-numbing television, social media, depressing news reports with humanistic commentary…oh, and one hour of church.
If your soul is starving, it’s no wonder. Why don’t you turn off the television, sign off of Facebook, put down your cell phone, and pick up your Bible? A feast awaits!