It is always disturbing to a person to be a victim of false or misleading advertising. Years ago my mother ordered fifty Christmas decorations for one dollar. When the box finally arrived, it contained paper stamps, miniature ornaments, and strings of tinsel. As a family, we had a good laugh about her bargain. Recently a slogan appeared on a congregational sign that read: "Free Trip To Heaven. Details Inside!" We would all affirm that God's grace is a free gift, but somehow the advertisement fails to tell the whole story. The cost of discipleship has never been cheap or free.
Are you paying attention? Or are you paying attention to the wrong stuff? A voice that sounds a lot like Wisdom as we met her in Proverbs begs us to learn from past experience, so as not to spend money when we can get free stuff. The first generation liberated from Egypt died in the desert because they didn’t learn. And when the people pointed with oohs and ahhs towards current events, Jesus asked them to learn from the past to recognize that some things are not as significant as the eternal choices.
The government has finally woken up to the fact that the health of our children in this country is threatened by their food. For two generations, since World War II, food has become increasingly processed and the era of the fast food meal is well and truly with us.
Karen hates church. She feels it's a place where people are brainwashed. She thinks the people who go to church are weak, looking for a crutch in sermons that tell them how to behave. Karen clearly has an issue with established religion.