Good Morning Brothers…
One of the things I really enjoy about hunting is the early mornings. Whether it be deer, turkey, or elk, I love the early mornings and the crispness of the weather before the sun comes up. Even when I am not hunting, my work starts before the sun rises. I enjoy the 6am crowd at the local convenience store. They are the backbone of the American economy. These are the blue-collar people who get up and get after it. The construction workers filling up on fuel for their bodies and their vehicles. The highway workers refilling their coolers with ice and water. The night shift workers buying a six pack on their way home for dinner. The hospital contingent of nurses and specialist assistants readying themselves for another long day. Anyone wearing a uniform shirt with his, or her, name on it. These are the people that make the American way of life possible.
Here is the interesting thing, the #1 sellers for the 6am crowd involve the ‘Big Three’ of economics:
I could throw gasoline in there as well, but I want to focus on these three. All of these products are the lifeblood of the machine we call the economy. In America, the economy is the indicator of a good life, or a bad life. I find it interesting that the economy can fluctuate up or down based on certain trends, but the sales of the ‘Big Three’ keep the machine moving forward, day after day and year after year. Our consumption of the ‘Big Three’ lead to all kinds of things like addiction, obesity, cancer, etc. These things lead us into different treatments to rid our bodies of the toxins caused by the consumption. All of these treatments need experts trained in ‘How To Treat’ such and such, and insurance companies, and legislation, and medical equipment, and the list goes on an on. All of these things generate revenue and tax dollars and obviously needs money from the users of the ‘Big Three’ to keep the whole machine moving. What I want to point out is the irony of it all.
The products we think we need, in order to live life, actually lead to death.
Don’t you find that ironic?
Jesus said in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” It seems to me that the ‘Big Three’ promise life, but deliver death, which means they are products of the thief. The abundant life promised by Jesus doesn’t need products purchased at 6am to get us through the day. Now, before you dump out your coffee or throw your twinkie in the trash, I want you to understand the larger context. When a country’s definition of a ‘good life’ or ‘bad life’ is predicated on the economy’s ability to generate a profit, then the country’s message of faith…is faith in money. The Apostle Paul addressed this in 1 Timothy 6:10 when he wrote, “For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” Notice how Paul says, “the love of money”, not “money”. Money is an inanimate thing, so is sugar, caffeine, and tobacco. By themselves, they are not evil and malicious, however, when our faith shifts towards their temporary life sustaining properties, we error. The message here is pretty simple, faith in anything else besides Christ, leads to death. Our whole economy is an example of it.
“I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.”
Jesus said that, recorded in John 14:6. This means He is the answer to all questions, to all problems, to all situations. There isn’t a scenario which precludes Jesus from being the answer. The irony in that, is watching the crowd line up for answers that only create more scenarios.