The advertisement for TRUE RELIGION BRAND JEANS took up almost an entire page of The New York Times. (1) Six girls were modeling the True Religion Jeans and one of the captions in the ad said: irresistible indulgences: fashion. Another caption said: calling all denim divas: be the first to flaunt the season’s hottest new jeans. The retailer was: Henri Bendel on New York’s Fifth Avenue. True Religion Python jeans: $468.
At that price, not every one will be able to buy a pair! Obviously it is a rather exclusive Brand Name for premium jeans.
Have you ever wondered where we are heading as a society? What is true religion? Is religion today more about pleasing ourselves than pleasing God? Is true religion really about irresistible indulgences and flaunting provocative clothing? Hedonism comes to mind, a form of religion where self-pleasure is the highest goal in life.
In the Bible, Romans 1 describes a society where the people adored, worshiped and served themselves rather than their Creator. A me-first society with God out of the picture. If it feels good, do it. If I want it, I’ll get it. If I’m happy, that’s all that matters. With God outside a life and outside a society, there is no telling how LOW society will plummet. There seems to be no bottom to the self-pleasure descent. After all, a bottom would be a restriction and who has the right to impose restrictions, rules and boundaries to our pursuit of self pleasure?!!
Who has the right to say there are rights and wrongs in life? So society argues for moral relativism where there are no absolutes. No one has the right to label something as sin or absolutely wrong – until, of course, it comes to my son that is murdered; my home that is broken into; my boss who treated me inhumanely; or my daughter who is raped. Then suddenly, we seem to think it is okay to label a deed as ‘wrong’ or ‘dark’ or a ‘crime.’
We don’t see gray – we see black and white when it comes to ourselves being hurt or harmed. The lofty philosophizing comes to an end. I can’t sit back and rub my chin and say: “Well, I wouldn’t want to be judgmental about my boss. I don’t understand why he never paid me and abruptly fired me. But who am I to question whether he was right or wrong? Although he told me my performance was excellent and my personality was a right fit for the business, he must have had reasons for not paying me the last three months I worked. Maybe he has other needs or maybe the company is struggling. Or maybe he wanted to take his family on a cruise. I sure would not want to condemn him. I must remain neutral and objective. I wouldn’t want to say he cheated me or treated me unfairly.”
It is bizarre. Deep down, we all know there are rights and wrongs. The concept of moral relativism might sound good when it comes to avoiding the issue of God, but when wrongs come our way, we readily recognize them. Friend, if we have the right to say something is wrong – how much more does the Creator have the right to determine what is wrong within His creation. We may object to what He classifies as sin, but that does not change matters. We are ultimately accountable to God and He has determined what is evil and what is sin.
Society and individuals can ignore God or deny His existence on the short term. The pursuit of self-pleasure as the true religion of the day will abruptly come to an end and then what?
Are you prepared to meet God? Do you know that Christ died for all your sins and that He wants to be your Saviour today? He will not force Himself upon you. He will not use an axe or a crowbar to get into your life. But He really does love you and died to save you from a life of sin and an eternity in Hell. If you want to be ready to meet God, then accept Jesus as your Saviour now.
Here are two verses from the Bible for you to consider:
“For God so loved the world
That He gave His only begotten Son
That whoever believes on Him
Should not perish but have
“For when we were yet without strength, in due time, Christ died for the ungodly.”
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(1) The New York Times, Sept. 29, 2005