OK, you’re thinking – where on Earth is George going with this one?
Let’s go to the movies, or finally let’s go BACK to the movies after over a year of isolation. Movie theaters are starting to rebound after an extremely difficult time.
It’ll still take some time to fully get back though. Many blockbuster movies have had their releases repeatedly postponed until viewers feel safer in going back into a theatre with other people, and preferably without a mask. It’s tough to eat that yummy buttery popcorn with a mask on.
What makes for a blockbuster movie? Maybe it needs star power, some big name actor or actress – or a bunch of them. Special effects have taken over too many movies in recent years, but you probably need some of that. And action movies always need a chase scene, the bigger the better and with as many explosions as you can cram into a five minute set.
Maybe they don’t happen as often these days as in the past, but monster movies always seem to attract attention.
And by monsters we’re not talking the likes of Frankenstein or The Thing. That’s small potatoes.
No, we’re talking the BIG boys, and in this case it was the recent film Godzilla vs. Kong.
We’ll assume you know these two titans. Kong – GIANT gorilla. Godzilla – GIANT dinosaur on two legs. Get these two on the big screen together and you need a bigger screen.
A little history? King Kong showed up first back in the 1930’s – remember Fay Wray and the Empire State Building? Very American. Godzilla arrived in the 1950’s, a Japanese creation with their fixation on atomic apocalypse after the end of World War II.
At times they were both bad guys, but at times they were good guys. And this year’s adventure wasn’t the first time the two have gone up against each other.
In a way it resembles two views of the world and how we approach it. The difference is that THIS conflict has been around since the beginning.
Worldly wisdom vs. Godly wisdom.
Two heavyweights who have been going at it since the dawn of creation. Go back to the start of Genesis – the story of Eve, the Tree of Life and that nasty snake.
God had set up everything, all was going well, and Adam and Eve were told not to touch the fruit of that tree. But here comes the snake telling Eve “why NOT have the fruit? What’s God hiding? Don’t you want to be as smart as him?”
You know the rest of the story. Grief, pain and the loss of paradise. All for a piece of fruit and greedy self-interest.
And we haven’t changed much, have we? How many commercial messages today include the line or the feeling that “you deserve it?” Indulge yourself, splurge, go wild. All leading back to Satan, that snake. His strategy still works.
Here’s a simple comparison: Godly wisdom is ultimately about God and His desires. Worldly wisdom is ultimately about you. And if you see yourself as the center of the universe, worldly wisdom feels SOOOO good.
So let’s ask the simple question: what’s more important? God, or you? It really comes down to just that.
If you choose you…well, you won’t be alone. Our consumer society is right there in your corner. Lots of things to buy, lots of places to go, lots of things to do. Influencers and experts are ready and waiting to sell you everything you’re looking for and tell you everything you need to do.
If it’s all about you then there’s no need to waste your money on charity. Science has all the answers you need. Live life to the fullest. The Me Generation was built for you. Get everything you can get because that’s what the world values.
And when you eventually die make sure you have a nice burial with a nice stone so people can always remember you. But they’ll probably ignore it because they’re busy looking out for themselves.
But if you choose God…
We’ve mentioned the amazing Book of Proverbs here recently. It’s a gold mine of advice on just about everything, but it all begins with the famous verse…
“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge (or wisdom)”- Proverbs 1:7 and 9:10 NIV. Yes, twice.
And if you know Proverbs you know there’s always a second line to a proverb. In this case it’s…
“…but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” – Proverbs 1:7 NIV
“…and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.” – Proverbs 9:10 NIV
Godly wisdom isn’t just for the Old Testament. James has some strong words…
Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. – James 3:13-17 NIV
Godly wisdom isn’t about the individual. Above you see words like humility, peace-loving, considerate, submissive, mercy, impartial. The Me Generation doesn’t have any of those words in their vocabulary.
But those words above aren’t easy, are they? Humility? Submissive? Who wants to do that? That means I’m not in charge. Mercy? Considerate? That means I have to give in. Peace-loving? Everyone knows fortune favors the bold. Punch your opponent in the nose, take what you want.
Jesus was rather blunt with his ideas. Read all of the Beatitudes (Matthew 5-7) to see what we mean. Just one example…
“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:43-45 NIV
Grab any newspaper and it’s filled with headlines of people taking hate for their enemies to sometimes deadly levels, across our country and across the world. That’s worldly wisdom. Sure that’s what you really want?
The struggle between godly wisdom and worldly wisdom will continue. It always has. As long as humans are breathing, some will want to dominate, to hoard, to rule. And each one of us will face this struggle inside ourselves in various ways.
Let us keep our focus on the big prize – eternal life through God the Father and Christ the Son. Worldly wisdom is empty. Godly wisdom helps us get there.
From George Churchgoer
P.S. And who would win that movie battle of the monsters, Godzilla vs. Kong? Hands down it’s Godzilla. Hey, somehow the big guy can swim – Kong would just drown. Kong might have big teeth and a mighty punch but Godzilla’s atomic breath would need enough mouthwash to fill Lake Erie to quench it. That’s why Godzilla is the King of the Monsters.