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The Encouragement of Unrealistic Expectations

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“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”
–James 4:4

The human mind sometimes works in a oddly circuitous manner.

And so it was that recently three encounters from the past ten years–all highlighting one theme–were brought back to remembrance.

The theme?

One that contains several bullet points.

The first: that America is a land where products are not merely promoted to perform as products are supposed to perform, America is a land where products are very often promoted with unrealistic expectations.

For instance, a CAR is not merely a car: a car is often sold as a lifestyle; a method of making a statement about who one is and what one finds important; about the type of person one really is.   A car is not merely a mode of transportation: a car is a way of attracting the attention of ultra-good-looking members of the opposite sex; of showing that person that the owner of the car cares about the finer things in life.

THIS is how something as ordinary as a CAR is often promoted and marketed.

The CAR comes with unrealistic expectations attached.

But the second point is: America is not only a country where products come with unrealistic expectations attached, it is a country where many EMBRACE and BELIEVE those marketing gimmicks.

“Advertising is legalized lying.”
H.G. Wells

And so, the first encounter came to mind.

A neighbor wanted a new car, so he decided to buy a Chevolet Corvette Stingray.  He had owned a Corvette years ago and he imagined that much that was good about his younger days was due to his driving that Corvette.

Settling upon a used model–in very good shape–from a local dealer, the car cost a considerable amount of money.  When asked why he would spend so much money on this car–particularly when he stayed at home most of the time–he provided the following answer.

“The chicks will dig it.  I’ll park it in my yard and the girls will come running!”

The neighbor not only EMBRACED and BELIEVED the marketing innuendo (Girls love to hang out with guys who drive Corvettes.), he invested tens of thousands of dollars in his belief.

The second encounter involved an acquaintance who had a seemingly comfortable life.  One day, he announced that he was trading his two-year-old pickup truck and a sizable amount of cash for a new motorcycle.

Why? You’re always using your pickup.  How are you going to haul things around?” (This acquaintance was usually working around his house.)

“I’m finally going to be free; to do what I want when I want!  If I want to take off and go to Atlanta or New Orleans, I’m going to go!  Nothing will hold me back now!”

The acquaintance basically ignored any contrary points of view, such as when it was pointed out that he could go wherever he wanted whenever he wanted at the present time.   He didn’t need a motorcycle to do that.

But the acquaintance bought into the notion (Wonder where that idea came from?) that this motorcycle would make him a “free” man.

He just kept repeating, “This is what I want!  I’ll be free!”

The third encounter was from about nine-ten years ago.

While on a trip to Florida, it was noticed that a VERY tanned older woman was  always in front of the condos in which we were staying.  Whenever one left, she would be in the front parking lot in a swimsuit or shorts rubbing a black sports car with a rag. When one returned to the parking lot–even hours later–the woman would be there, feverishly polishing the black sports car with that rag.  It was noticed that no matter the time of day or evening, the woman would be polishing that black sports car.

So, others who had lived in the condos for a longer time were consulted.

“Who is that woman in the front parking lot and why is she always rubbing that black sports car with that rag?”

“Oh, that’s the judge.”

“What do you mean “Oh, that’s the judge.‘  Why is she constantly rubbing that car with that rag?”

“Oh, she just wants that car to shine. She’s retired and has the time to really make that car shine!”

“But she’s out there CONSTANTLY polishing the car.”

“It’s what she does.  It’s what she has always done, far as I know.”

“But I’ve never seen her drive the car–only polish it.”

“No, she doesn’t drive it much anymore.  But she used to. But she’s polished that car, day after day.  I’ve  been here almost eight years and she’s done it as long as I’ve been here.”

And so that older woman was compelled–for whatever reasons–to polish her car constantly.

One had to wonder if perhaps unrealistic expectations caused her to constantly polish the already-gleaming automobile.

The polishing couldn’t have brought her any joy.

In fact, the constant rubbing on the car seemed to one onlooker to be almost a form of torment.

“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”
–1JOHN 2:15-16

It is bad enough when moderns become attached to the things of the world.

But, it turns into a small tragedy when they become caught up in–and then overwhelmed–by unrealistic expectations of the possible benefits they might receive from those things.

When the things of the world become more than merely just things.

DOES the reader have a special car, place to live or furnishings?

DOES the reader believe these “special things” of the world bring him joy?

WHY does the reader believe this?

It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.

DOES the reader believe he is saved?

Make Your Calling and Election Sure: End Times Survival

DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?

Time is Running Out: Today is the Day of Salvation

THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST

“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
1 Corinthians 15:1-8

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
-–Romans 1:16

MORE: Eternal Salvation Through Jesus Christ: Salvation Messages from End Times Prophecy Report

[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: July 15, 2019.]

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