When you watch a character die on screen, what do you feel? When you watch a car blow up in an action scene, what are you thinking about? No, it’s not real, but we have taught ourselves to not respond to tragic scenarios, and as a result, we avoid responding to the tragedies happening in the world around us. We make up excuses because despite the atrocities we believe that if we ignore it, it will never directly affect us. When has ignoring a problem ever solved it? We have become so numb! As a result, we are not only unfeeling towards the things that break our hearts, but we are jaded to the only feelings worth living for. We are numb to the love of God. We believe that we can control our own lives better, and we can function just fine without His peace. We long for happiness, but wouldn’t know joy if it hit us in the face.
We demand the same of the church leaders on a Sunday morning; we desire to be numbingly entertained. We don’t want real encounters with God; it would be too much, we would have to open our hearts to feel again, and we don’t want to deal with all of that pain. Oh, but what a waste of a life! To never feel that oh so beautiful sorrow, and God’s hand of peace in the middle of it. To never feel the overwhelming love of God that brings joy unfathomable into every ordinary circumstance! I mourn for the people who acknowledge God, who have met Him and refuse to become more than acquaintances.
Entertainment itself is not bad. I am not proposing that we all toss out our televisions, and never go to a movie theatre again. But I challenge you to open up your heart! To not watch horrors that if you allowed yourself to feel would bring you to your knees. Don’t ignore what is happening in the world, but instead allow God to use the pain you feel to create a burden in you for something you can change. Make a difference! Allow passion to propel you towards your purpose. Come before God, and open your heart.
“But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you, your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26
Let this be your prayer today:
Heavenly Father, I need You. I need all of You. I need You more than entertainment. I want You more than money and materialism. I repent of my ignorance and complacency. I want all that you created me for. All you created me to do and to love. Open my heart to feel. Soften my heart again, make it new. Give me Your heart for the people around me. Fill my heart with Your love. In Jesus’ mighty name I pray. Amen