Monday, August 30, 2010

What Moves You: The Premium Mobile Question (an orthodox rebel's post-script to "God Interrupted")

"The Lord reigneth; let the people tremble...." Ps. 99:1a

If there is one thing and one thing only that should garner our awe and reverential fear, it is the God who is and who reigns. His presence, promises, and power should be what holds the most weight in our vision of reality, yet look at us. Look at the things that we give more weight to than God; look at what we give our awe and fear to: jobs and money, school and performance, marriage and relationships, people and places of all shapes and sizes. In and of themselves, such things are good; but the instant that something, anything counts for more than God in our lives is the instant that that thing (and our lives) go awry. We have put everything out of order: what we placed on top was never meant to be on top.

That is the great irony of the situation. We think that we are doing ourselves a favor by giving all of our focus and concern to finding that job, finishing that paper, finding this or that man or woman. In truth, when we give the entirety of our energies to those things, we have set them at the center of our universe, making them idols and hard taskmasters. Consequently, everything falls apart. We have done ourselves no favors. Whenever we put something that's not God in God's place, no matter how good or noble it is in and of itself, it becomes demonic, i.e., it corrupts and destroys the whole edifice of our lives, including itself.

-Jon Vowell (c) 2010


  1. I think that maintaining healthy and edifying relationships can be a way of glorifying God.

  2. I agree, but don't misread the post.

    Relationships (and everything else mentioned in the post) are not bad per se; they just should not take the place of God in our lives.