Are We Full of Junk Food?By Rev. J Patrick BowmanWhile I was on the Mobile Prayer Chapel the other day, I began to look at the peoplecoming and going out of the Safeway parking lot. I wondered about the state of their lives. It reminded me of the verses in Matthew 24 where Jesus is talking aboutthe state of the world until the very day Noah entered the ark and the flood came.Business as usual, doing the things that people do, without regard to the judgmentthat Noah said was eminent. I suddenly felt very sad in my spirit and asked God,“Why aren’t people hungry for You?” God told me, “Hunger comes from not beingfull. People are full of things that don’t really benefit them, but they are fullnonetheless. Not until these things are taken away will they consider their lack andturn to me.” I began to consider what the Lord had spoken to my spirit. The problemisn’t in what people have or how they spend their time.
The problem is inallowing those things to fill us.
When the hunger of our flesh and soul is metwith the things of the world, the hunger for God that is alive in our spirit is coveredover. The junk food has made us think we are being nourished, while in reality weare starving. The book of Revelation, chapter 3, contains letters written by God to the churches.In His letter to the church of the Laodiceans, God says, “Because thou sayest, I amrich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not thatthou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee tobuy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, thatthou mayest be clothed, and
the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; andanoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.” This was a letter to the church. The problem exists not just with those peopleoutside the household of faith. It’s is a problem inside the church, as well. Becausewe have allowed ourselves to be filled in the natural, our confession is one of delusion and our knowledge of our own state is unenlightened. Has business asusual in the church, because we think it’s working, caused us to fill up on our ownaccomplishments and leave little room for God’s agenda? Has the church in Americaignored the call of repentance and therefore failed to see the ark of God’s safety soprominent in our midst? Judgment starts in the house of the Lord. We are living in a small window of opportunity to judge ourselves, lest we be judged. All things will be tried in the fireand the fire is near. Can you feel the heat? All hidden sin will be exposed. All ourself-righteousness will be laid bare. Let’s be reasonable and heed God’s graciousoffer to come clean now and offer ourselves a living sacrifice as Romans 12instructs us to do. We can be clothed with the white raiment. Our shamefulness canbe covered. Our blindness can be healed. “He that hath an ear, let him hear whatthe Spirit saith unto the churches.”