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God, Me, and UFC

Erik Cooper —  September 29, 2010 — 5 Comments

God and I seem to like wrestling. A lot lately. More than normal.

Sometimes we engage in a light tussle, like my 5 year old son and I on the family room floor.  More playful than forceful.  But other times it’s like a UFC smackdown.Seriously God, was that neck-crank submission hold really all that necessary?  You are the supernatural Creator of the universe and all.

Here’s a taste of our latest match-up:

“They honored and worshiped God, but not exclusively…They honored and worshiped God, but they also kept up their devotions to the old gods of the places they had come from.” (2 Kings 17:32, 33 MSG)

Idolatry seems like a funny word in 21st Century America. I don’t have little golden “Oscar” statues I sing songs to (one fast and two slow) between 11 and 11:23 every Sunday morning.  But I do have idols.

Safety

Comfort

Money

Reputation

Power

Self-Reliance

Just naming a few that (sometimes not so) subtly worm their way onto the throne of my life.

And if I’m honest with myself (and if some of you need to join me on the truth wagon), all I’ve ever known is a safe, suburban, American Christianity that calls you to “know God,” but still lets you keep your idols.

Not the super ugly, culturally offensive ones, of course.  Just the ones that are socially acceptable. The God and idols.

“They honored and worshiped God, but not exclusively…” (2 Kings 17:32 MSG)

That, my friends, is the ultimate G.O.D. – U.F.C takedown.  Not a TKO.  Not a scorecard decision. Out cold. Call the ambulance.  I need a medic.

Or perhaps just an exclusive with this Savior named Jesus.

Just Worship (Remix)

Erik Cooper —  March 12, 2010 — Leave a comment

Sorry for another video post, but I have to put this out there.  Love bragging on other people, and my friend Mike Perez deserves some major kudos (not just for his talent, but because he embodies in his life everything he expresses in his art).

Many of you have already heard Mike’s spoken word piece “Just Worship” that he so powerfully shared at the close of our City Community Church message series called [blank] last month.  Well, Mike and one of my other favorite creatives, Adam Bocik, re-recorded the audio and set it to music along with visual images.

Enjoy…and do us a favor, pass this along to other people who need to remember what real worship is all about.  Thanks for the reminder Mike.