An open Bible and a cup of coffee.

Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan.”
(1Kings 12:28-29)

The western world, it seems, worships comfort and convenience. Almost every product and service imaginable has been marketed in such a way as to highlight these twin pursuits of man. In granting man his wish to make all things comfortable and convenient, computer technology far and away exceeds all other technologies. Virtually every good or service available to us today is created, controlled, ordered, delivered, and maintained by at least some form of computer technology. Though this certainly has made life easier for people in many respects, granting them new and undreamed of measures of comfort and convenience, there are downsides to all of this that we ought to be aware of. First, there are the twin concerns of our being too dependent upon our computer technologies along with the fragility inherent in the system. One electromagnetic pulse of sufficient magnitude would virtually cripple our civilized world. Secondly, there is the looming threat of tyrannical governments using these technologies to surveil and control their citizens. One Third World country recently installed stations in which water could be purchased with a smart card. This sounds convenient, but the moment that country’s citizens resist the government’s policies, laws, and philosophies, their life-sustaining water will be turned off at the spigot. We saw something similar happen in Canada, where those that protested the government had their bank accounts frozen. When it comes to religious matters, the Bible counsels us to be wary of schemes, gimmicks, and programs geared towards satisfying the human demand for comfort and convenience. Today’s verse passage speaks of Jeroboam I, who became the author of false religion in the Northern Kingdom of Israel. Knowing that people would flock to the Southern Kingdom where the Temple and the true priestly tribe resided, Jeroboam appealed to his citizens’ felt need for convenience. “It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem,” he said, indicating that it was much more convenient for them to stay in Israel, where they could observe his (heretical) brand of claimed religious truth and ritual. Sadly, his con was stupendously successful in convincing the people that their personal convenience held more authority than the revealed word of God. As we traffic through this present evil age (Galatians 1:4) let us commit to believing and obeying God’s will for our lives as revealed in the Scriptures, whether doing so is convenient for us or not. Remember that God sees our sacrifices and will reward us openly for all we have done in obedience to His wise commands (Matthew 6:4-18; 10:41-42; Luke 14:14; 2 Timothy 4:8).

God bless,

pastor john