Thursday, December 23, 2010

Do Bad Guys Win?

Life feels empty, dry, dull with God. There is a God-shaped hole in our hearts that only God can fill. The emptiness we feel can only be filled with God's love.

Have you ever wondered why some very poor Christians in Africa have more joy than American millionaires? Have you ever wondered why Christians living slums in India are more grateful than the average American? The answer is that people who have Christ will be content, joyful, and happy because of Jesus. People who may "have it all" really have nothing. Life is but a breath. It's meaningless, irrelevant, and worthless, according to the writer of Ecclesiastes. With God, there is no guarantee the things in life will be great, but there is a guarantee that we won't disappointed with Jesus in our lives. In fact, our minds will be blown by the love He freely gives us!

It's all too easy to envy LeBron, Kobe, Donald Trump, Taylor Swift, etc. Big name celebrities have multiple houses, house-hold names, millions of dollars, and world-wide fame. But what's the point? Life will end soon anyway. It's not like they can take all of their things with them. Psalm 37:35-36 says, "I have seen a wicked and ruthless man flourishing like a green tree in its native soil, but he soon passed away and was no more; though I looked for him, he could not be found." Death will take the rich or poor, famous or unknown, smart or unintelligent, successful or unsuccessful. So why not make life count? Why not spend our time here living with a passion? Why not give ourselves to a cause that will last eternally?

This summer, a song came out that, to me, sings the perfect tune of a lost soul wanting more. It's called Airplanes by B.o.B. feating Hayley Williams from Paramore. In this song, B.o.B. (real name of Bobby Ray) talks about how he wishes he could go back to the days when he was rapping for the fun of it, and when he didn't have to deal with the rap politics and pressures. He wishes away the glam and fashion and pandemoniom and misses the days when rap was fun, not a job. He proclaims that the music industry is too complicated. When he talks about the loneliness after a party, you can just sense the pain, darkness, and utter emptiness coming from his heart. Then he asks, "What would you wish for if you had one chance?" He just wishes he could just go back to the days when life was fun and without pressures. Don't we all?

Click here to check the music video out! I warn you that he says two bad words. He says "back when I was rapping for the helluva it" and "so can I get a wish to end the politics? and get back to the music that started this shit." Please don't leap out of your chair that a non-Christian rapper would actually cuss (GASP!). Really? With God in his life, you can expect nothing but ungodliness. And don't freak out that I posted this song with those words. I'm not supporting those words or that lifestyle but rather using them to show the emptiness of a godless life. But listen to the lyrics. See what an ungodly life will lead to. It seems great to have money and be a rap star and sing with Hayley Williams and party like crazy. But even B.o.B. could see it lead to nothing but emptiness and loneliness.

Take heart and know that that lifestyle is only reserved for the ungodly. Lean on God for strength when the going gets tough. Understand He exists outside of time and invented the idea. You should feel comfortable knowing that. Learn from the terrible life of the wicked and evil. They have to wish on airplanes in the night sky for comfort. We talk straight to the Dude who breathes stars.

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