11 August 2017

This 'n' That

Use it as a vase today,
serve lemonade in it tomorrow!
I remember a pre-Pinterest world. I remember when people had opinions, likes, and dislikes, and decorated their homes accordingly. Sure, there were trends and fads, but if you didn't like chickens, then you didn't decorate your kitchen with chickens. It was that simple. No one judged you; no one cared. But now, if you don't decorate according to the latest Pinterest fad, well, clearly there must be something wrong with you. Don't like burlap and mason jars? Too bad. It's popular and it's on Pinterest, ergo, you must conform. (For the record, I have nothing against mason jars. It's just...they are everywhere.)

Well, this may help date your pictures to precisely the month and year they were taken, and your  home may always be up to date with the latest kitschy trinkets, but is it an enjoyable place to live? Some of my fondest memories are stirred when I sift through old treasures and find something that I remember sitting on our coffee table, or in our curio cabinet, not just for months until the next trendy wave came through, but for years. And it remained there so long because it meant something. It had sentimental value. It belonged to my mother, or my grandmother, or to my mother's grandmother. Those decorative items had a story behind them—stories I loved to hear and stories I still remember.

I often wonder if children today will be able to enjoy similar memories, or will their thoughts of their childhood home be empty and Pinterest-ified? To each his own, I guess, but I am thankful to have grown up in a Pinterest-free world.

It's easy to get caught up in the latest fads, whether it is clothing, furniture, cars, or decorating ideas. How many of us will find in a year or two that our "distressed" furniture now just looks, well, old and outdated?

Perhaps the saddest fad of all, though, is the fad of evangelicalism. There is no doubt that, in many parts of America, it is trendy to call yourself a Christian. It's cool to be #blessed and many eagerly hop on the bandwagon. Unfortunately, the bandwagon they are boarding is one of a false faith. It's supported by wobbly, damning doctrine and will not withstand the fires of persecution, which will indeed come. So how does the true Church respond? With the gospel. With the message of mercy and forgiveness found in Jesus Christ alone. We respond with the truth and let God take it from there.

Speaking of home decorating fads, I'm thinking about bringing back wall stenciling (just kidding). Now before you go de-Pinterest your home, why not first take a few moments to enjoy your week in review (kind of):
  • And we would like you to be a Packer for life, Aaron, so just keep doing what you're doing.
  • Climate change is a thing, just not the way the world thinks.
  • Interesting thoughts to ponder. May we finish well.
  • Here's your weekly dose of adorable.
  • Perry Noble...he's back.
  • I love this picture.
  • I kind of want to see this documentary (HT to Paula for this one).
  • I wish more pastors would preach from the Old Testament.
  • My handwriting is a mix of printing and cursive. It's prursive. Does that count?
  • Speaking of fads in evangelicalism. The Christian message should not be shaped by the culture. 
  • I'm eager to listen to Sinclair Ferguson's teaching on the priority of worship:

1 comment:

  1. The Sinclair Ferguson teaching was the best presentation at this year's Ligonier conference. Everyone should listen to it. Thanks for posting it.


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