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TV Theology

In this week’s blog, I spend time talking about the big questions of life. I believe our life needs to orbit around something bigger than our satisfaction. I believe the most fulfilled people are the ones who live for God’s glory. Let’s talk about it.

So I was watching one of those TV cop dramas. You know the kind. There’s a tough all business cop, his boy scout of a new partner, and plucky one-liners throughout. Anyway, in this episode, there was a classic informant shakedown. The informant is reluctant to give up the information because apparently, he worked for some major crime bosses. As he relented and began to share information about his crime bosses, he started his description with an odd statement. He said, “Knowing the boss is like knowing god. Or like knowing the meaning of life. It’s impossible to know any of those things!”

His statement was said so matter a fact that I could not help but answer out loud. Without thinking I said out loud, “I know both!” (I can’t be the only dude who talks to his TV)! I did not think about my answer or say it with arrogance or pride. Just as a matter of fact as he declared his false statement I answered with truth.

I know God and I know the meaning of life. The two are inseparably linked. The God of the Bible is the one true God, and Jesus is His Son. The meaning of life is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. That sums up why we are all here! These are some big bold statements, but honestly no bigger or bolder than those that claim the opposite. I can go into detail about how I know these things are true at another time. For now, let’s take a quick look at the results of living as if there was not God and what a life of living for self-satisfaction can net.

Our current world isn’t in a good place. By in large, most people do live as if there is no God and they live for their own happiness. How’s that working out? Suicide rates are up by 25% since 1999. Living for our own pleasure doesn’t end well.

As the Bible puts it, “I have seen all things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” -Ecclesiastes 1:14

Living for something bigger than self is pretty counter-cultural in our world today. This selfie-driven-individualistic-me first-society is not actually working out very well to those who buy into it. What if the God of the Bible is real? And what if living for Him is the most fulfilling thing humans can do? Maybe people are so miserable because they are trying to be their own god and people are just too small to fill that role.

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