TOP FIVE [Distractions from God] — #1

Sorry for this blog having absolutely ZERO jokes. It’s too serious of a deal to really joke about.

#1 — CHURCHES

You read correctly. The number one distraction from God on my list is none other than the places that supposedly represent God the most. Please note that this doesn’t necessarily apply to ALL churches, but many churches are so wrapped up in politics, traditions, and pointless theological debates –not the least of which is Calvinism, which seems to be rearing it’s ugly head lately for some reason—that they completely forget the God they claim to love in the first place.

This leads to a ripple effect. The components of the church, the people, begin to think that the way to serve God IS to be a part of the complicated political agenda of most churches. Preachers will lambast those that don’t serve in growing what is nothing more than a business. They will use Scripture to “prove” how people should be donating large amounts of money to a corrupt cause.

In some churches, you may well have better luck looking for God in a bar instead. THIS IS AN OUTRAGE!  People who think they are serving God are dying and going to Hell because of selfish motives of so-called church leaders.

My love for my God is not based on church practices. It is a relationship with Him. I talk to Him and pray to Him. I read His word, and I serve Him with my life. I love my God with my whole heart. This is not conceit or arrogance. I mess up all the time. I sin all the time. I am a creature of sin, only saved by the grace and redemption of Jesus Christ.

But I am only one person. There is no excuse for a church to be caught up in the collective sin of greed, power, and pride to this extent. Each church that exists like this only weakens the body of Christ.

This topic may be expanded upon in the future. See you on Saturday for a full length blog, probably less harsh, of course.

 

TOP FIVE [Distractions from God] — #2

#2 — Facebook

Didn’t expect this one, did you!


“I’m just going to look up some verses on the computer…”
*Three minutes later…
“Hey! I got a notification. Crap, it’s just a game request. Oh, look at what this guy posted. Aww… they’re so cute together! Look at her new pictures.”
*and of course…
“There’s that Matt again posting those stupid Facebook pictures advertising his stupid blog!” 🙂 

Yep… I’m not one to say Facebook is the downfall of civilization but I am certain it is the downfall of the quiet time. Want to get close to God? Put your laptop up, put your phone up, don’t EVER use your iPad Bible app (ever) , and just exist with God by yourself for a while.

Ready for tomorrow’s big reveal of Number 1 on our list? It may surprise you! See ya then.

TOP FIVE [Distractions from God] — #3

#3 — Location

What I want to know is why I can do schoolwork and write blogs in the noisiest locations you can think of. Buses, restaurants, doctor’s offices- these are all fine if I’m just doing stuff. But set a Bible in front of me and I’m like, “Could you keep it down, I’m trying to talk to and read about my creator you goron!”

There are two reasons to NOT constantly study the Bible just anywhere.

1. You don’t want to come across as an over-religious freak.
2. Even if you did, you couldn’t, because you’d be too distracted.

I have the longest attention span of anyone I know, and even I wonder what my friends are doing at any given time (see tomorrow’s blog). And if there’s no friends around, Satan almost always has someone or something to divert my attention from God.

Case and point, study the Bible and talk to God in private unless you are at church or with friends just for the purpose of studying the Bible. Nobody is impressed with you acting like you are SO FIXATED on the big Bible you’re reading in the middle of science. More than likely, you’re just doing it for show.

[FUTURE TOPIC!!! — TOP 5 PRIVATE PLACES TO TALK TO GOD!]

 

TOP FIVE [Distractions from God] — #4

Hello and welcome back. If you haven’t’ read number 5 yet, click here. If you have, read on! 

#4 — Dating Relationships

Yep, you knew it was coming. But I promise, I am definitely pro-dating. I should be, as I’ve been dating my wonderful girlfriend for 3 years. But that doesn’t change the fact the some relationships can be devastating for fellowship with God. How? Glad you asked.

— Relationships are very time consuming (time on phone, dates, thoughts, etc)

— Relationships tend to focus on the immediate rather than the eternal

— Relationships can easily lead to sin (sex out of marriage, lies, lack of witnessing)

This is what leads many Christians into thinking that dating itself is wrong. I disagree with that, but I can see where they are coming from. I, however, think that relationships don’t HAVE to be a distraction if…

— The couple both allots time for each other to worship God individually AND studies the Bible and prays together

— The couple put’s God’s desires above each other’s desires

–The couple actively avoids getting into situations that could cause them to sin.

My last word on this… If a relationship you are in distracts you from God, you simply don’t need to be with that person. If that person doesn’t share and respect your beliefs, it’s not worth it to you. It doesn’t matter how much you love that person, God should always be first in your life.

TOP FIVE [Distractions from God] — #5

If you’re a Christian, no doubt this question has come up. “What distracts you from God?” And if you’re a church-goer, no doubt the first answer is sin!

Well duh… of course sin distracts you from God. Sin creates a rift in the fellowship of you and God. But this list is five unique things that prevents me from spending time with God. Ready?

 

#5 — Hunger

 

 

 

Strange things start happening when your blood sugar gets low. You get grouchy. You get weak. And you get easily distracted. This is especially bad if you are at work.

IT’S STORY TIME!!!

Any of you Level 5 computer geeks out there have probably attached a CAT-5 end to a network cable. If you have, you know how precise you have to be with your hands, lining up the wires and all. Now try that while you are shaking from hypoglycemia. 

Just as difficult is trying to read the Bible or pay attention in worship on an empty stomach. Don’t even try. Closeness with God has to be desired and craved, which is difficult if you desire and crave a steak.

[But what about fasting, you ask?] Well, I’ve never actually fasted from food in the name of my beliefs, but it seems to me like that is more of a test of faith that God can help you endure, despite a lack of a physical need. Fasting seems very admirable, but if you’re just trying to learn more about your relationships God I think you should make sure you aren’t to hungry to try.

Got opinions? Put them in the comments. See you tomorrow for number 4!