Today’s Scripture Selection: Colossians 2:17

“These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.”

In popular culture these days – reality is a big deal.

There’s a focus on reality TV (which, as far as I can tell, is anything but real).  There’s talk about someone or something being “the real thing” or “the real deal.”  And yet, at the same time, there has been a renewed focus on fantasy as well – fairy tales; vampires and ghosts; wizards and witches – you get the idea.

Now, I’ve never been one to make too big a deal about popular fiction or media putting out their latest take on the “dark” side.  I know some worry about this – but I generally think people can realize for themselves the difference between some fantasy version of spiritual warfare and the real thing.  I don’t think little kids dressing up in Halloween costumes or watching a spooky movie now and then is going to do in anyone’s spiritual life.  That is, as long as it is well balanced with a healthy studying of scriptural truth.

Still, I can appreciate that it might be a good idea, now and then, to hear these words from Colossians.

In discussing some of the popular religious practices of the day – and some of the more mystical of the religious festivals – we find a good healthy reminder: “these are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.”

When it comes to spiritual truth – the Way, the Truth, and the Life – you find it in Christ.

So, if someone you know is struggling to find their way in a world where fantasy and reality are sometimes mixed up – point them to the One who can straighten all that out for them.  He’s the real deal.

Prayer: Lord, surrounded by so many differing versions of reality; give me clarity in following your Way.  AMEN.

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