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Summary: Basic lesson about the worthlessness of modern news stories and then transitioning to Jesus speaking on the Sermon on the Mount about not worrying about life.


In doing my regular check of seemingly important news items for the day, my eyes were startled at the “pressing issues” of which I had read. Front page stories included a Michael Jackson film biography, the British entertainer Sting commenting on our current President, some tips on how to keep bedding fresh, and information about a giant meatball at a New Hampshire restaurant. As my eyes continued to gleam through the headlines, I came up with something of even greater pressing concerns—and it arises in the area of celebrity clothing.

The vital report came out of the red carpet news, in other words, what celebrities wore to a major gathering where other celebrities congratulate them. Megan Fox, the famous model from Transformers 2, wore an Antonio Beradi dress with gold Brian Atwood pumps and a Judith Leiber clutch. I can honestly say that I have no idea what any of that means, pumps to me where a special type of high top basketball shoes I could have bought in the 80s. Then I read some more. Jennifer Aniston, the heroine of the television show Friends, wore a Valentino Couture Tunic with bejeweled Christian Louboutin stilettos. Again, the description provided no immediate help to fashion challenged mind, though I know tunics are listed in the Bible. Then I read that Taylor Momsen from the Stepfather wore a goth outfit, a lace minidress, and decorated herself with raccoon eyeliner. When I looked at her so-called stunning outfit, I had to agree, she looked like a raccoon.

The more I thought about it, I actually became a big angry to be honest. Fresh bedding? Sting? A Giant meatball? Raccoon eyeliner? Historically speaking, when ever a nation has turned its head away from matters of pressing importance in favor of yellow press entertainment gossip, the result has been an overall increased frequency of immoral decisions.

America has somewhere around 320 million people. That means 320 million souls are at stake as we ready ourselves for reaching the world for the gospel of Jesus Christ. But what dominates the headlines? Intellectual arguments debating the existence of God versus man’s innate sinful nature of attempting to earn salvation on his own? Nope. Raccoon eyeliner.

The Bible touches on this during Christ’s Sermon on the Mount in Matthew chapter 6. It states, ““Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t there more to life than food and more to the body than clothing? Look at the birds in the sky: do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you more valuable than they are? And which of you by worrying can add even one hour to his life? Why do you worry about clothing? Think about how the flowers of the field grow; they do not work or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these! And if this is how God clothes the wild grass, which is here today and tomorrow is tossed into the fire to heat the oven, won’t he clothe you even more, you people of little faith? So then, don’t worry saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ For the unconverted pursue these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But above all pursue his kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Friends, the Bible is clear, there are far too many more valuable things to pursue with our life than foolish things such as what we will drink, what we will wear, and how to decorate our face with make-up that makes us resemble a raccoon.

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