Let’s talk about marriage. In Killing Kryptonite, John Bevere writes about a married couple, Justin and Angela. Despite the covenant they have made to each other, Angela chooses to stay in relationships with other men. Don’t worry, you’re still my favorite, she consoles Justin. But that doesn’t seem to be enough for Justin. I think most people would side with Justin on this one.
Then why do we think such an argument would work with Jesus?
In this modern day parable, John Bevere introduces a lesson that we must all wrestle with at some point in our lives. Under the mystery that lies within this simple story is a deeper truth. In the context of marriage, we commit ourselves to one person — there is no distant second, at least not in the Biblical definition of marriage. That’s how it is with the state of our eternity. We can only submit our spirit to one thing. Whatever that one thing is, we give ourselves completely to. And the choices are pretty clear: you submit yourself to Jesus Christ, or you submit yourself to the world. Whether you realize it or not, we’re all submitted to one or the other — you can’t worship both.
You see, making this film struck a deeper chord within me. For the longest time, I was Angela. I was a church-going christian my whole life. I raised my hand to call Jesus my savior. But, I would be misguided if I had told you that He was my Lord.
As much as I believed I was a follower of Jesus, I was really a slave to sin. For me, it was the allure of various mistresses that caught my attention: the promise of academic achievement, power, social influence, sex, pornography, the fear of man, my passion to change the world. The list went on. Yes, he was my “favorite”, but when it came down to it, he wasn’t my one love. And therefore, He wasn’t the one I worshipped.
James 4:4 reads, “You adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.” In the book, John teaches on this passage to illustrate the difference between a life following Jesus, and a life submitted to the world. He explains, “When we follow the world, I choose what is good, best, and right for my life. But when we follow Jesus, I choose what God says is good, best, and right for my life.” To follow Jesus means, we have given Him complete authority over every aspect of our lives.
So, like Angela, we all have a choice to make. We can continue our relationships with these idols, and spurn Jesus as our Lord. Or we can turn away from these mistresses, and make Jesus Christ our only love. What’s your choice?