Our Affection Direction
Last month there were a host of notices that went out to remind everyone to vote. That’s a good reminder. We have the opportunity to affect what goes on in our community, state, and country, although more often than not our vote may seem ineffective. That’s probably the way it’s going to continue as the world turns increasingly away from what biblical Christians value. Yet we ought to vote our values as witnesses at least, even though it goes no further than that. It may be successful in ways that only the Lord knows.
On the other hand, being preoccupied with the world to the degree that our confidence is placed in man and his potential for solving its problems is ultimately a temporal delusion. Even so, this is the tune that we seem to be hearing everywhere today. Some of the latest movies trumpet that wishful thinking. Disney’s Tomorrowland is a blatant example. At the grandiose ending, a diverse group of young people rises up out of a wheat field to face the futuristic city in the distance. They are, we are told, the hope of mankind.
There is a television commercial running right now that could be joined at the hip with Tomorrowland. The message is exactly the same, and the images of diverse “races” of people in whom all hope for the world is placed could have been taken right from the movie. The commercial, however, featured an in-your-face propaganda music track: John Lennon’s “Imagine.” The lyrics include: Imagine there’s no heaven, its easy if you try, no hell below us, above us only sky...Nothing to kill or die for, and no religion too. You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one.
Although the deceptive influence of such presentations grieves us (indeed the world will be as one—under the Antichrist), it also causes us to evaluate where our heads and hearts are regarding our being influenced by the world: “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians:5:15-17). His will for us is not a mystery: “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians:3:2).
T. A. McMahon