A Dangerous Fairytale for Future Wives

As little girls we might have pretended to be a damsel in distress — held hostage by a fire-breathing dragon, and saved by a knight in shining armor. We grow out of pretending, but as women we still tend to gravitate towards romantic books and movies.

The thing we love most about a fairytale romance is the happy ending. No matter what the ups and downs, the guy and girl always make it in the end and achieve romantic bliss. It’s so neat and clean, and perfect. Yet, the romance books and movies are just pretend. They deliver us a modern fairytale: the American Dream that comes with a successful career, two children (a boy and a girl, of course), a faithful and devoted husband, good health, and an abundance of wealth and material possessions.

But what happens when reality doesn’t line up with our hopes and dreams? What if the real story of our life and marriage disappoints us? Is our knight in shining armor who we thought he was when we married him? Can he save us from the dragon?

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Something Scarier than Miley Cyrus

It’s a scary world out there. Our poor children.  What about the next generation? It’s just going to get worse for them. Advertisers selling sex, more girls like Miley Cyrus shaking their booty on stage, gay marriage will probably be legalized everywhere, and oh yea, that Lady Gaga might still be around.

If you can’t tell yet…I’m being facetious. I’m just echoing the concerns of Christian FBers, Christian bloggers, Christian parents, and pretty much just Christians. I’m a Christian as well, but just not as concerned with what’s ‘out there.’ I’m more concerned with what’s in here, inside my heart.

Pointing Fingers

As Christians we are really good at pointing fingers at everything else but ourselves. There is something wrong and evil about everything out in the world. We point fingers at television, movies, entertainers, musicians, politics, and the gay community. We have an invisible force field of Christian prayer up around us, because the world is a scary place. I wish Christians today could go back to ancient Rome and take a walk with Paul. Ancient Rome makes the United States look like an innocent baby. Trust me, the world isn’t getting worse, it’s just been consistent.

I’m not saying we shouldn’t use discernment when it comes to our entertainment choices or what we choose to expose our children to. We definitely need discernment and wisdom in this world. I just want to make sure we’re fearing the right thing. How do you think the world got so evil and scary?

“Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned.” Romans 5:12

The Blame Game

That’s right. It’s not television’s fault, or Miley Cyrus’ fault, or all those nasty billboards, or all those homosexuals  wanting gay rights — it’s our fault. Society is messed up, because we are messed up. The real terror lies inside all of us. We should be more afraid of what’s in our hearts than what is out in the world, simply because our sinful hearts are the root of all evil we see in the world. Miley Cyrus is just a reflection of all of our hearts.

You heard me right. We as Christians share in this evil. Isaiah understood this very well. When he encountered the Holy presence of God Isaiah only pointed the finger at himself, and he didn’t separate the evil he found in the world from the evil in his heart.

“And I said, ‘Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” Isaiah 6:5

Isaiah identified himself with the evil he saw in the world. If we truly understood how disgustingly depraved our own sinful hearts are, we would never be shocked by what’s ‘out there.’ Yes, the world is full of temptations for us, but the temptations are a secondary issue pointing to a much deeper issue in us. Temptations wouldn’t exist apart from the sin in us. Temptations are just our sinful response to external stimuli; they just bring out what’s already there.

What are You Afraid of?

You don’t have to see a Victoria’s Secret commercial to experience lust. You don’t need to have a lot of money to feel greed. You don’t need to see Miley Cyrus dance on stage at the VMA’s to know there is something wrong in this world. It’s vanity to point fingers at the external issues and try to run and hide from the world. This is why so many Christians become legalistic and are so devoid of love. We’re trying so hard to fix everything out there and protect ourselves from what’s in the world, instead of spending our energy fixing ourselves and seeking protection from the enemy within us.

I know  I want to be more afraid of my own sin. I want to teach my son to not fear the world, but to fear the evil in his own heart, and then teach him that grace is greater than the sin he finds within himself. We can’t fight every evil in the world, but we can fight the evil in our own hearts. This world is wasting away, but inside we can be renewed through Christ’s righteousness given to us through his death on the cross.

“Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men. For as by one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous…But where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness, leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:18-21