Hi, this is pastor Ken and these are my thoughts on a Thursday…dumbing it down 

I have decided that I want to identify as weightless. I have been working hard trying to be fit and eat only what I should in reasonable portions to be at, and maintain a weight that my doctors feel will be advantageous to me living a long and healthy life. I like the thought of the long and healthy life part, but the discipline it takes to accomplish it…that part I don’t like so much. Who are they to tell me what is good for me? I should get to choose right? I mean who made them the standard bearers of health and fitness…they are only doctors…you would think they think they know what’s best for me. Besides that, I think being weightless will be fun, there are other advantages too…my shoes won’t wear out as fast, I can levitate above the ground instead of walking, which has got to be easier on my joints…there are any number of reasons identifying as weightless is a great idea. Maybe I should petition my congressman to write legislation guaranteeing my right to so self-identify…yeah…that’s what I should do. 

Sound crazy? That’s because it is! But it seems to be the leading national brand of craziness that is sweeping the land right now. I know, I know I’m not supposed to use words like “crazy” because they are offensive…except that it seems lately like the more offensive something is to our good senses the better. So I’m not sure, are we supposed to try not to offend…or is the idea to be ultra-offensive. I can never keep it all strait. Am I allowed to say “strait”? I’m just not sure anymore. It’s all so confusing. I know I’m old, but there used to only be two genders…and now…who knows how many there are? That particular bar just keeps on moving, seemingly picking up speed by the day! I’m not sure…are gender reveal parties still allowed or are they considered to be presumptuous? 

Why is it even necessary to consider such things? Because we have lost our way. So much so that in the hallowed halls of the capitol of our “One nation under God” a U.S. Congressman stated this past week in response to a call for greater godliness in our law making that “God is no concern in this congress”. We have totally and completely lost our way, and the “forward thinking” of our society prove it on a regular basis. Just wait five minutes if you don’t believe me. 

We have totally dumbed down life to the point that if we keep going in this direction it will quickly become unsustainable…literally! Why can’t I decide to identify as weightless? Aside from the law of gravity identified by Isaac Newton 300+ years ago which was integral to Einstein’s theory of relativity accepted by every serious scientist for the past century…it just isn’t feasible, but then those two relatively smart guys said it wasn’t. The fact of the matter is that I don’t get to decide what laws of physics I will agree with and which ones I will ignore. You kinda have to follow the science to use a contemporary phrase. Even more so I cannot ignore God’s laws. We don’t get to decide what is righteous…it’s already been decided. People will try, they have for all history…but it won’t change what is righteous and what is unrighteous. Those were chiseled in stone thousands of years ago.. 

God’s word exposes how we have gone so far astray. 2 Corinthians 10:12 tells us that…when we measure ourselves by ourselves and compare ourselves to ourselves we are not wise. One version goes so far as to say “we understand nothing”. In other words when we try to decide what will be good for us ignoring the outside influence of authority we dumb it down and become stupid. A surefire recipe for a stupid decision is to make it without consulting God. If we want to succeed in life we must consider the creator of that life. To do anything else is folly. Thankfully God’s word also explains how to be wise and succeed. Proverbs 9:10-11 says The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. For by me your days will be multiplied and years of life will be added to you.   

We cannot say as that foolish congressman did that God is of no concern in our lives. We must consider and obey the author of life if we are to live, and we have to give our lives to the author and finisher of our salvation if we are to be saved. We have been created with a mind. One that was given to us to reason with, but also one that was intended to reason with our God within the confines of His design and plan for our lives. 

I have decided against identifying as weightless…the gravity of the situation was just too important.  

So now, considering God and giving Him His rightful place in your life…go be awesome!