The Super Bowl has come and gone, and yet the commercials and the messages remain. While we watched and laughed and critiqued the ads, one could not but help notice the messages sent through the big screen.
Unity. Equality. Individuality.
The most profound of them was the adorable T-Mobile. Unlike the Michelin baby riding around in a tire, we saw multiple babies slide across the screen as each one stole the heart of those looking. Under the disguise of their cuteness, the message transferred to the hearts of America had nothing to do with phone sales. Nor did the message have anything to do with politics. No. Those little ones covered over an attack on the truth of God’s Word. As believers, we must be cautious and always on guard taking our thoughts and minds captive to God’s Word (2 Corinthians 10:5). As we watch this ad, something inside of us should stir because of the subtle twist of God’s Word it is proclaiming. In case you missed it, take a look.
Cute? Yes. Powerful? Yes. A Lie? Yes.
What is the problem with this idea of unity and change? It’s promotion under a false identity. We are welcomed into this world, but it is a fallen world. A world of sin. We do not know how to navigate it and need help, but not the advice the world gives. While we do have open minds and hearts ready and willing to be written upon, our natural instinct is to sin, and part of that is to sin in the area of seeking out equality in a wrong manner. When we consider ourselves unstoppable by anyone or anything, then we have become a god and do not submit to any authority preventing us from truly learning how to be unified. Change starts with a surrender to Christ, not a surrender to whatever makes us happy.
God’s Word says we are all equal, and we are important and valuable to God, but we do not have the freedom to do whatever we please. I recently heard within the Christian community individuals explaining away their actions because it was a cultural thing. While there are cultural differences, if the actions do not align with the Bible, then it ceases to become a cultural thing and becomes an action, not in line with the Word of God. We should be unstoppable in our pursuit of God, not unstoppable in our quest of selves and that includes equality. Our equality, unity, and identity will only be found in Christ and Christ alone. If we pursue anything else, then our diversity brings destruction and not unity.
So do we abandon the idea of unity or do we embrace it? We must find the freedom of unity and diversity in the pages of His Word, not within ourselves. What if our message to the next generation and the message we preach to ourselves became:
Welcome to the fallen world little one (Romans 5:12-14). You will be bombarded with lies (1 John 5:19). But you have a free will (John 7:17) and the instinct there is a God who has placed eternity in your heart (Ecclesiastes 3:11). Some people may deny this innate longing and try to dispel it (Romans 1:18-19). But you are chosen (1 Peter 2:9).
You’ll love unconditionally (1 John 4:7-8). You’ll give up your rights (Philippians 2:6-8). You will not allow the sin nature to determine where you’re going (Galatians 5:1, 13). The world will hear Christ (John 13:34-35), and not be able to deny it (Philippians 2:9-11). You will be one with Christ (1 Corinthians 6:17), He will never leave you (Deuteronomy 31:6).
Change starts with Christ (Acts 2:38-40).
Are You Ready (Matthew 24:44)?