Lucifer: Further Proof of Where Our Country is Headed

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Last night a new television program aired on Fox.  Fox has a long history of programming that shows that they are willing to push the envelope for what is deemed acceptable.  Married with Children, In Living Color, Simpsons, Family Guy, and Who wants to Marry a Millionaire are all prime examples of how low this network will go.  But, to do an entire show on the devil himself proved to me that they could indeed do worse.

By their own words, “The series focuses on Lucifer, who is bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell and resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for the beauty of Los Angelos, where he gets his kicks helping the LAPD punish criminals.”  I don’t even know where to get started here.  Nowhere in the bible does it say Satan is ruling in hell.  He is not Hades, the Greek god of the underworld.  Hell was created as a place of punishment for the devil, not a place to establish his kingdom (Matt. 25:41).  It also shows the devil looking forward to helping the good guys, the LAPD.  Let that sink in for a moment.  The Devil is being described as a helper to mankind.  Since when?  Not one place in the bible will you ever find Satan doing something beneficial for us.  “You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44).”  Go back and read that verse again.  There is NO truth in him.  Jesus didn’t say, watch him, he might lie some of the time.  He didn’t say you really can’t trust everything he says.  Jesus said NO truth is found in him.  And yet the premise of this television program is that the devil is bringing the truth to light.

How is this show being received?  Listen to this review by Bleeding Cool’s Dan Wickline.  “This version of Lucifer refuses to take almost anything seriously and the show is better for it.” Max Nicholson of IGN praised Tom Ellis’s performance as Lucifer and the lighthearted tone of the show.  So, it is now okay to portray the devil in a lighthearted, joking kind of way?  Are we really to assume that it is okay to portray the enemy of our souls, the one that brought death, destruction, etc into our lives as lighthearted likable kind of guy?  May it never be!

When asked if those that sought to boycott his program cared, he replied, ” I wonder if they noticed it didn’t work last time, either…”  He said this in reference to them trying to boycott the comic book this character is based upon.  He clearly has no conscience.  He doesn’t care that children are reading or watching this filth.  He doesn’t care that this type of programming will only lead to sympathy for the devil and turn people’s hearts away from God.

And yes, readers it will do that.  Lucifer has befriended a child.  They have humanized him.  They are trying to create a character that is lovable and are trying to portray him as gravely misunderstood.  They even have an episode on the horizon called Saint Lucifer.

Entertainment should NEVER make a mockery of God and his word.  I pray that you will take a stand against this program and others like it.

 

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Don’t I Feel Ridiculous

 

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The past 48 hours here in my home have been a little on the crazy side. Our car needed to be taken to the auto shop to get a little work done upon it. Being that we only have the one vehicle, we usually end up borrowing a car/truck from one of our friends here at the local church. These vehicles are rarely used and spend a lot of time not being started. (This is not ideal in the middle of a really hard, cold winter). So, we picked the truck on Sunday night and had no issues with it. Monday morning we ventured out into the frozen tundra and dropped the car off hoping to have it back around noon. We received a phone call and learned that if we wanted a brand new part he could get the job done today for nearly $1000. Or he could keep the car until tomorrow and he could do it for $200 with a used part. I clearly felt that it was worth the $800 to wait 24 hours. In the meantime, I and the rest of my family decided to catch the cold that is going around. As such, yesterday, I felt pretty crummy and decided that after dropping the car off I was going to stay in and get healthy. My wife took the kids to a couple of functions at the local library. After being gone for more than 2.5 hours she called and told me the truck wouldn’t start. The battery was dead. The wind chill was bad enough I didn’t want her or the kids walking in this weather. So, I bundled up, walked to the auto shop, with my cold, in the cold and got our vehicle. Got the kids home and got some help to get the truck jumped, took my vehicle back the dealership and I put the battery on the charger over night. I went to bed thinking that tomorrow everything will be fine. Overnight I started feeling worse and this morning my voice is mostly gone. It is rather painful to speak above a whisper (I really hope I don’t have strep). So, I woke up rather irritated that I am not only still sick, but I am worse that I was yesterday (I am certain that long walk in the cold was the culprit). I went out to check on the truck and it wouldn’t start. Again. When I went to jump it, I couldn’t get the charger to work. Nothing was happening. I lost my temper. To make matters worse, when help finally arrived, about an hour later, I learned that I must have stepped on the extension cord as I walked back into the house and unplugged the charger. It is difficult to make a charger charge without a charge going to the charger. If I didn’t feel bad enough due to the cold, I had to feel even worse because I let the circumstances get the best of me and the reason nothing was working was because I made a silly mistake.

I get it my friends, things can sometimes snowball on you. Any one of these issues you might look at and say, no big deal. But when they keep piling on and you start thinking “why me.” Your emotions can begin to get the best of you. Take it from me. Sometimes the best thing you can do is take a deep breath and realize that it is just a car. It is just a cold. It is just a dead battery. It is a walk to keep your family from having to do it. And none of them are worth making a fool of yourself.

Excuses

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I have lived with excuses most of my life. As a person that has spent more than 30 years struggling with my weight, I was happy to provide them all the time. Things like, “I’m big boned.” “My whole family is big.” “I just have a poor metabolism.” “It’s too hard to start exercising.” “I have tried the whole diet thing already.” And the list goes on. It wasn’t until I tore down the excuses that I began making real changes in my life. (It is not to say that I don’t struggle with maintaining my weight, I think I always will). But, it wasn’t until I took accountability for my actions and stopped blaming my failures on outside sources that I have capable of making real change in my life.

In Gen. 3 we find the first excuse makers in history. Adam and Eve both sinned against God. Eve was tempted by the serpent, deceived into thinking that she could be like God knowing good and evil and ate of the fruit which God had forbidden. Afterwards, she gave to her husband, and he ate of it too. When God came to the garden, likely to speak to them about what they had done, both Adam and Eve failed to take accountability into their own hands. When God asked Adam what he had done, he told God, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree, and I ate (Gen. 3:12).” Adam tried to blame Eve and God for what had happened. If Eve hadn’t have given it to me I wouldn’t have eaten it. And God if you hadn’t made Eve we wouldn’t be having this conversation right now. When God asked Eve what had happened, she said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate (Gen. 3:13).” In other words, Eve said, “It’s not my fault. The serpent tricked me. Blame him.” God held all three, Adam, Eve, and the devil, accountable for what they had done (Gen. 3:14-19). God didn’t deny Eve gave it to Adam. God didn’t deny that the serpent tricked Eve. But, God still showed Adam and Eve that it doesn’t matter what someone else does, or what someone else says, we are going to be held accountable to how we react to any given situation.

It baffles my mind hearing the number of excuses that people give. What makes it even more baffling is that we look at children and get frustrated when they offer excuses. When Tommy hits Susan you have to intervene. You ask Tommy why. He says because she touched me. We know full well that is not a valid reason. We explain that Susan should stay on her side of the car. However, Tommy had no right to retaliate in such a capacity. And yet, I have heard grown adults throw temper tantrums. I have then seen the excuse offered, “I am tired.” “I am hungry.” “I had a bad day at work.” We need to learn that first lesson about sin that God taught us. You cannot blame anyone but yourself. “But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust (James 1:14).”  Stop making excuses.  Own up to your mistakes.  Admit them to yourselves.  Admit them to your God.  And be the best husband, father, mother, wife, child, and/or Christian you can be.

Rageaholic

Yesterday while I was out running my errands I heard a commercial on the radio that clearly needs to be heard by every child, however, it bothered me that every child needed to hear it. It was a commercial aimed at keeping violence in the school systems down. You would have to be living under a rock somewhere not to notice the numerous acts of violence that have happened at schools over the last twenty years. Some of these acts of violence were false (phoned in bomb threats). Some of these acts of violence were bullies picking on another kid, but many of these consisted of a student purposefully planning a retaliation against all. The kids, the teachers, his parents, the system, society, etc. He goes to the school armed to the teeth and opens fire and helpless children. Every time I see this happen my heart breaks. I immediately begin looking in my contacts lists to see if anyone I know might have a child there. And I pray for all of those who just lost one of their little ones. This commercial was aimed to encourage children feeling an uncontrolled anger to talk to someone. It encouraged children to be on the lookout for those that seem to frequently have outbursts of wrath. How can children really be so angry?

It begins in the home. Believe it or not most of these children don’t have happy homes. Sure, when tragedy strikes mom or dad will come out and say things like we didn’t see it coming. Sure they will say things like they can’t believe that their little angel could ever do something like that. Mom and Dad make a public example of their remorse, often apologizing for their child’s actions and mourning with those affected by their sons outrage. But, what we don’t see is what is happening behind closed doors. We don’t see how mom handles the pressures of being a mother, a wife, a soccer mom, and working full time. We don’t see how the dad handles a disgruntled boss, being passed over for that big promotion, being downsized, or pulled over for speeding yet again. This past summer I was riding with someone. We needed to run out of town, at night. As we had a car with those blue headlights drive by, his rage came out. He stated that the best way to deal with people like that (and I am cleaning up the language) is to drop rocks, marbles, etc out your window and hope that one breaks the persons headlights. On our way back into town someone was making a right, without using the shoulder and another bought of rage was on. He laid one the horn (the person did have his turn signal on) and started screaming profanities. I was shocked. Rage was clearly a part of this person’s life. I began to wonder what life lessons this man’s children (who were all now raised) had learned. I imagine his children learned that the only way to deal with conflict was to lose control. (At least one of his children has been in jail due to anger issues while drinking).

This got me to thinking, what example am I leaving my children. I grew up in a home where anger was a common emotion to be expressed. Regretfully, I know that my anger has come out at the worst of times and I have sinned. What will my children say about me after I am gone? Dad was a good guy just so long as you don’t make him angry. Will they repeat the pattern of a rage monster when they get married? Will their children suffer because my mistakes. Or worse yet, will others suffer because I failed to control my temper?

My friends if we want a better, safer world to live in for our children and for our children’s children it is time we break the chains. Break the chains your parents shackled to you with their outbursts of wrath. Rather than blowing up at every little thing, start dealing with what is really bothering you. What is the real source of your rage? Unhappy at work? Marriage struggling? Parent is sick? I get it, there are real things out there that we have the right to be angry and frustrated with. It is okay to feel overwhelmed. What is not okay is to let this frustration boil over to the point where others are damaged by your hurtful words and actions. The answer, believe it or, is found in God. He is the God of all peace. Not just some peace, not just most peace, but all of it. Every bit of peace you need to tame that savage beast can be found in God. Let him take the reins. Let him take over your life and let the healing begin.