Jesus and Chuck-E-Cheese

This was inspired by a comment from our minister in his midweek lesson a couple of Wednesdays ago.

If you have small children, or any children ('cause they were small once), you are likely familiar with an establishment called Chuck E Cheese. If not, perhaps you know of similar establishments with cartoon characters, video games, a play gym and greasy pizza. Sugar, pizza and caffeine fueled chaos.

As adults, we look at the inside of a Chuck E Cheese and shake our heads a little. Sure, the kids love it, but they come to see a lame mechanical stage show with large shaking, plastic rodent, hug a strange teenager in a mouse suit, eat mediocre pizza and pay pointless games for tickets they can trade for worthless trinkets that will be broken or lost before they get home. It's all pretty worthless, yet the kids run around in a zealous joy, loving every minute of it. They think it's the best thing ever, and they will wail if they find themselves short of tickets to get the chrome plated whistle or the blow pop that we could buy at Wal-Mart for 50 cents.

We know, despite their passion now, it all means nothing and they'll even forget about it in a little while.

I suspect that God looks down at us and our world and shakes his head too. Sure, we love life, but we run around in a silly kind of stage show with players in poor disguises, trying to hide who they are behind masks of contentment and satisfaction, we seek approval from men who are as fake and flawed as we are and power over others to puff ourselves up and convince ourselves that we're not fake and flawed ourselves. We run in circles or on treadmills and lift heavy objects for no reason but to make our decaying physique last a few more short years. And we play silly games to acquire little pieces of paper that we can trade for trinkets like houses, cars and HDTV that begin to fall apart as soon as we acquire them. It's all pretty worthless, yet we run around in a zealous joy, loving every minute of it, or at least we think we do. We think it's the best thing ever, and we wail if we find ourselves short of little pieces of paper to get the 62" wide screen that will be obsolete months after we get it home.

God knows, despite all of our passion for this life now, it all means nothing and we'll even forget about it all in a little while.

Kids eventually grow up and see Chuck E Cheese for what it is. As Christians, we ought to be mature to see this life for what it is as well. Temporary, a shadow of eternity, a blip.

The question is, do we? We don't act like it. We spend most of our energy chasing the things of the world rather than the things of heaven. If God would pull back the curtain to the spiritual reality of the world around us, how would things be different? Perhaps that's why God allows things like cancer, AIDS, earthquakes, job losses, accidents, hurricanes, disease and tragedy. These shocks put this world in perspective, allowing us - forcing us - to peek under the curtain.

I'm convinced that Satan spends most of his time throwing the trinkets and concerns of the world in our face, keeping us busy acquiring them or maintaining them so we won't notice God, quietly working in the shadows, waiting for us to leave the Chuck-E-Cheese games and join him in the work that matters.

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So good sir. We do run around a bit wanting for more. I wish I had all the ill spent dollars. I could put that new roof on the church.

Funny, I joke about Chucky E Cheese. I was a victim of credit card number theft they had a grand old time in Chicago at Chuck E Cheese among other places. The credit people asked if I had taken my children there, my response was, "I am not that kind of parent" I hate that place. I love Incredible Pizza because it's better food and you can load a card and take a seat. When the card is empty we go home. Two weeks later you throw the junk left in your car away.

I'm convinced that Satan spends most of his time throwing the trinkets and concerns of the world in our face, keeping us busy acquiring them or maintaining them so we won't notice God

No need to invoke Satan for this. I'm really good at doing it to myself with no outside assistance.

'Doc - I know what you mean.

I didn't mean to imply 'the devil made me do it', rather that I think that his main business is to keep us occupied with the things of this world. Because of our inclinations, his job is not that hard.

Because of our inclinations, his job is not that hard.

Because of our natural inclinations, I'm inclined to believe he (satan) doesn't exist! I don't see any need to appeal to forces outside the human heart to explain evil. But that's a whole other debate.

That is a whole 'nother debate. I'm not going to get into all the reasons why, but I feel strongly that there is a real spiritual battle going on in a realm we are not able to see. I'm not sure where my inclinations stop and Satan's pull starts, frankly, I am just confident that they are both very real. To dismiss Satan from the picture is likely just as dangerous as blaming everything on him.

The scriptures speak of Satan as real and as active in this world. In fact, he's described as it's ruler. The challenging thing is taking our eyes off the obvious, the physical world, and seeing the spiritual.

That's what this post is about, and really, I think that Satan wants us to focus on what we can see and not look deeper. Because if we do, we will see his influence and we will see God at work which is hard to see in the physical world, I think. I know that I have a hard time seeing God as a worker, my inclination is toward the deist perspective. But scripture describes him as being at work, I just think we need to look hard and pay attention to see it.

We all need to, as Rafiki in The Lion King 1 1/2 said, "Loook beyoooond what you zee." :-)

Milly,
I am with you on the Chuck E. Cheese, issue. I cannot stand that place! i have not been there many times, (thankfully). But the times I have gone, I have left feeling, for some reason, unclean.

I'm with you on all accounts here, Doug. I may not have the $$$ to do all (or any!) of the things you listed, but I know my character well enough that I would chase them if I could see that they were almost in reach.

I also agree that Satan doesn't hafta work real hard to make us dogs chase the "Fuzzy Bunny" on the race track of life. Sometimes it just has to cross our minds and we are off and running!

I want I want I want...
Gimme Gimme Gimme...
Take Take Take...
Self Self Self...
Me Me Me...
I I I...

I lead a Bible talk yesterday during which I asked the question, "What does humility in a relationship look like?"

One wise brother said that there would be a serious lack of "Me"s and "I"s in conversation.

I picture God that way. Has He ever done anything for Himself? No. It's all been for us.
Have we ever done anything for God? Well, perhaps a coupla things throughout our lives. But for the most part, even our good works often seem to get filthied up by impure motives, pride, or whatever.

I am with you as well that there is a Satan. But I can take a hint that we are soooo not going there.



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