You know what?
I just canâ€™t find much redeeming about this character.
I know Frodo seemed to see something in Him, but, then again, Frodo seemed to get sucked in by just about anything.
He was a bit naÃ¯ve, even for a hobbit.
But when it comes to tenacity, Gollem is hard to beat.
Separate him from his precious little, well, precious, and he will tear your arm off and beat you to death with the bloody stub just to get it back.
IT’S A STINKIN RING!!
Ok, it could make you invisible, and if I looked like Gollem, I think invisibility would be irresistible to me as well. But hereâ€™s my real point. Compared to people, and love, and life, and God and beauty and creationâ€¦that ring was a piece of crap.
Just how much do you suppose people love their crap?â€œOk, ok, enough already pastor Rob. I donâ€™t know exactly where youâ€™re headed with this one but I can tell you right here and now, â€˜people donâ€™t love crap!â€™â€
Are you sure about that?
I think they do.
And please donâ€™t confuse like with love here. People donâ€™t just like their crap, they LOVE it. And I can prove it. But first, let me make matters even worse.
People also love vomit more than gourmet food.
Proverbs 26:11, As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.
And darkness more than light,
John 3:19, And the judgment is based on this fact: Godâ€™s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil.
And turmoil and strife more than peace,
And sin more than holiness,
And evil more than good.
But a lot.
More than you think.
Maybe even you!
Funny thing is, if we ever stopped and took a good long look at most of the crap we worship in this life. We might slowly begin to see it for what it really is.
Of course thatâ€™s not all that easy.
Hard to see.
With all that darkness floating around.
So today, why donâ€™t you stop and spend a good 30 minutes in Godâ€™s Word.
Another 10 (at least) in prayer.
Then take a quick look at some of the crap in your life.
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Oh, by the way, why the use of the word crap so much?
If you still donâ€™t see it, read the following,
Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, Philippians 3:8 (KJV).
Guess what “all things” refers to?
Guess what “dung” is?
And then read this, just for good measure.
And then I’ll see you tonight!