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Of Fish and Men

Flash. A glimmer of pure, vivid gold waves steadily, in constant languid motion. A pair of bulbous eyes stare blankly as though in perpetual shock. Gills move hypnotically. In and out. In and out. In and...

Such is the life of a goldfish. Born in water, he will most likely spend his life doing the same exciting activities as always: eating, breathing, and of course, swimming. Believe it or not, this little fish with his pea-sized brain and infamous three-second memory span, has a lesson to teach.

Can the goldfish know he is wet, if he has never known what it means to be dry?

Pause. Take a close look at your surroundings. What do you see? You are immersed in a culture: a society that is the product of the lives, ideas, and beliefs of the men and women around you. You are bombarded with the culture through the media---music, books, newspapers, television, and the internet.

Whether or not you are conscious of it, every single form of media is sending you a message. Do you know what messages you are being sent? Do you know what messages you are unconsciously accepting?

A.W. Tozer said, "What we believe about God is the most important thing about us."Who or what you worship defines how you live. Fun-worshipers (believe me, they exist) live in pursuit of new thrills. Ambition-driven individuals live in pursuit of their ambition. On a more specific level, New Age devotees live to ascend by conforming to the "cosmic purpose." Buddhists live for the extermination of all desires. Even secular humanists, who claim to worship no one, live for the potential of mankind, or in other words, themselves.

What dictates the lifestyle of a Christian? As recently the Church of England announced that killing disabled babies is ethical and the American Episcopalian Church has installed its first presiding female bishop, it is unsurprising that only 9% of born again believers and only 50% of American pastors have a Biblical worldview.

As the goldfish swims back and forth in total ignorance that he is wet, even a Christian can live without knowing how much his worldview is influenced by the world and not God. "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." (Romans 12:2)

Lord willing, by digging into the depths of God's Word, these goldfish eyes will be opened a little wider.

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Thank you so much. That was a truly wonderful post, and it has made me think a lot about how much the world influences me. God's Word does not change and is perfect and pure. This post reminded me again of how much we need the Word of God. Thanks again!
Your sister in Christ,
Ella

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