A good girlfriend asked me to write about this some time ago and I just didn't know where to start. As she and I discussed the perils of our society, we became overwhelmed and eventually somber by recent current events and civil unrest. No matter the headline - sexual abuse, social injustice, racism, celebrity gossip, war on poverty, world affairs or local news- each story intersects at the byline of dysfunction function.
We are obsessed with reality tv, entertainment news and social media. Facebook wasn't fast enough so Twitter and Instagram feed our need for speed. Long gone are the days of personal conversation and confrontation. We now choose to air our dirty laundry and fight our battles through public opinion and social discourse. Texting has taken the place of phone calls and FaceTime has replaced visits. Our moral compass is now shaped by television, satellite radio and internet programming instead of family, community and spirituality. Everything is acceptable and anything is permissible. Emotionally homeless and unethical behavior are the norm. "THOT" and "Turnt Up" have somehow become terms of endearment and words of distinction. My head hurts just thinking about how out of whack we are.
While we know better, we make the daily choice to allow these influences into our minds, homes and hearts. We make the conscious decision to tune in and chime in. Our fingers key the words and turn the remote control to the forces that influence our corrupt activities and destroy our souls. Always remember that you have a choice as to how you use your time, talent and treasure.
I'm taking a rest from dysfunction. I've had more than I can take for now. If the activity is not constructive, I'm not taking part in it. I don't want to read your rant or watch reality TV. I choose to glorify my creator instead of the world's creations. I choose to glorify a Savior and not sin, one who chose to give his life for me on Calvary. I choose to put down celebrity gossip articles and even fashion couture so I can read the only book that provides instruction on daily living, the Holy Bible. I choose to flood my timelines and feeds with good news about one who saves, heals and delivers.
Today and every day hereafter, I must choose to glorify God and not dysfunction. What choice will you make?