Thursday, May 3, 2012

The new Wall-E chair

The Beijing Motor Show had some show stoppers this year, including a personal vehicle that looks exactly like the personal vehicles in the 2008 cartoon movie Wall-E. "Toyota's i-Real electric vehicle was one of the more surreal cars on show at the Beijing Motor Show this year" we read in the UK Daily Mail.

If you ever saw the movie Wall-E, which is a computer-animated post-apocalyptic romantic science fiction film, or so says the description, the plot involves a robot named WALL-E, who is designed to clean up a waste-covered Earth far in the future. He winds up in outer space on a spaceship where all the humans have gone, and by this time in the far future the humans have all gotten obese and can barely function without being in their movable sofas. The ones that look just like the ones unveiled in the Beijing Motor Show.

Unveiled personal vehicle at Beijing Show:

Wall-E sofas:


Of course, the connection was instantly made by many, who saw the similarities even between the two vehicles. LOL all that's left would be for us to have an IV drip injected directly into our arms and a catheter on the other end and we would never have to leave our sofas.

But I want to make a comparison between the American Christian and the personal sofa vehicle for a moment. I said American Christian because that is the Christian I am familiar with. I think it is safe bet also for the generalization I'm about to make.

So often, American Christians enter their mega churches ready to be passively entertained. They have padded pews, a drink stand, technology to enhance the experience, a perfect climate controlled environment, worship songs that are hip instead of hymns that convict...

Comforts are good. I'm not against comforts. But let's not get distracted by them. I wish for all of us that we would not stay on our padded pews, living individual lives absorbed in technology, but get out of the pews and into the world to bear fruit for His name. Here is what one blogger wrote:

"There are churches in our city that have no problem raising a million dollars for a new building (complete with paved parking lots, air conditioning and broadloom) but can't seem to spare a fig for the dying and the damned on our downtown streets. The exact phrase my friend used to describe these churches was 'Christian country clubs.' "

I hope that you are blessed to be in a working man's Christian church, sweaty, gnarled, externally unremarkable but with shining pure heart, with Jesus at the head.

"For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:17)

The just shall not live by lattes.

"But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for “the just shall live by faith.” (Galatians 3:11)

The just shall not live by comforts.

"Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him." (Hebrews 10:38)

The just shall not live by technology. Step off the padded personal chair and mix it up with the faithful walk, and let the glory that is Jesus shine through.

3 comments:

  1. Great post Elizabeth! I especially appreciate the quote you included from a fellow blogger, "Christian Country Clubs" so true and so sad.

    I live in Dallas, home of the mega-church and it really astonishes me how much money is poured into these structures. There's one here that many people refer to as "The Bapti-dome". Apparently it cost millions to construct and maybe just as much to function.

    A new day is on the horizon though! Oh Glorious Day!

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  2. Great post Elizabeth! Nothing more to add. Have a blessed and safe week-end. jean-Louis.

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    1. Thanks Jean-Louis. You have a great weekend too :)

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