Category Archives: Idolatry

“Wedding Dress” by Derek Webb

This has been one of the most convicting songs that I have ever heard… It deepens my love for Christ whenever I consider how sacrificially and faithfully He has loved His unfaithful, syphilitic bride!! May it help us to treasure our Beloved…

Wedding Dress by Derek Webb

If you could love me as a wife
And for my wedding gift, your life
Should that be all I’ll ever need
Or is there more I’m looking for

And should I read between the lines
To look for blessings in disguise
To make me handsome, rich and wise
Is that really what you want

‘Cuz I am a whore, I do confess
Put you on just like a wedding dress
And I run down the aisle
Run down the aisle

I’m a prodigal with no way home
I put you on just like a ring of gold
And I run down the aisle
Run down the aisle to you

So could you love this bastard child
Though I don’t trust you to provide
With one hand in a pot of gold
And with the other in your side

‘Cuz I am so easily satisfied
By the call of lovers less wild
That I would take a little cash
Over your very flesh and blood

‘Cuz I am a whore, I do confess
Put you on just like a wedding dress
And I run down the aisle
Run down the aisle

I’m a prodigal with no way home
I put you on just like a ring of gold
And I run down the aisle
Run down the aisle to you

Because money cannot buy
A husband’s jealous eye
When you have knowingly deceived his wife

So I am that whore, I do confess
Put you on just like that wedding dress
And I run down the aisle
I run down the aisle

I’m a prodigal with no way home
I put you on just like that ring of gold
And I run down the aisle
Run down the aisle to you, to you

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What Does Your Bank Account Reveal?

What Does Your Bank Account Reveal About Your Treasures?

Guest post by Nathan Anderson

Sharply dressed and perfumed with an air of condescension, she voiced her impatience by repeatedly looking at her watch and complaining about her last banking experience. Her current transaction, involving nearly $10,000 in cash, was going to take more time than she probably wanted to wait. A bank teller doesn’t have quick access to that kind of substantial cash, especially when she demanded it all in one hundred dollar bills.

I had already accessed her account on my computer, both to validate her identity and to verify she could withdraw the cash. After she left I glanced through her account, again, and immediately I knew how she spent her money. She fed her appetites with purchases from luxury retailers.

What distinguished her from the majority of my customers was the amount of money to which she had access. But in another way she was just as common as every other customer I serve throughout the day. Each customer’s account details reveal what he or she values.

Money has no real intrinsic value. It costs pennies for the Federal Government to print paper currency. You can’t wear it, eat it, and could barely start a fire with it if you were cold. A miser could hoard all the money in the world, but would relinquish it all at his death. But money is extremely valuable in another way.  It allows you to gaze into the value system and worldview of its possessor.

One customer loves video games; his account reveals a multitude of charges to an online video gaming site. Another rarely cooks at home; almost every day a charge posts from at least one restaurant and sometimes two. Another customer values travel. You can see his charges from various vacation spots. One family has two substantial car loans, that, combined with their mortgage, seems to outpace their income. They value a façade of wealth.

As Christians, we boldly assert our values: generosity, world missions, feeding the poor, and fighting for justice. And rightly we claim these ideals near the heart of God. But does your bank account support your voiced ideals? Could your local bank teller deduce you were generous and supported world missions? Do your canceled checks reveal your support of the unborn and other issues of justice? Sometimes Christians’ claims are incongruent with their actions. Stop lying to yourself. Your teller knows the truth.

What do you value? What in life is important to you? Wait, don’t tell me. Let me look up your account.

HT: Gospel Growth at CCC

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