I know we live in the world, but we are not to love the world, neither the things that are in the world. (I John 2:15)
Dear brothers, what difference does it really make, who won the world championship of baseball, football or whatever? Sports are nothing, but the biggest religion in the world. Why should we worship an idiotic ball or the game players?
So, the dollar went up, so what? The economy goes up and down all the time, it is a cyclical thing. The financial news are geared toward the person, who has sold out to mammon.
Why should you care who married who in Hollywood? In a few years they will divorce and marry again, because that's the way things are in that bastion of immorality and sin.
Let Paris and London keep their latest clothing fashion to themselves. They cater to the silly and vain, with expensive and ridiculous looking clothes.
I am not saying that being a little interested in sports, fashion or finances is wrong, I myself sometimes indulge in a little sports, buy nice clothes and invest my money; So no I am not saying those things are wrong, the problem is when people become obsessed with them. All these things shall pass away one day, there will be new champions, the brand new clothes will get old and money comes and goes. Think about this; every year they play the championship games, Wall street is a roller coaster, and the styles come and go.
No I am not advocating going into the desert and living in a cave. The hermit lifestyle is not my cup of tea. But we can live in a modern society without being consumed with the things that it offers. Satan offers you many things in order to distract you from your main vocation, which is serving God.
When one is running hard after God, who has the time to stop and get involved in the things of this world? No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him. (II Timothy 2:4)
Some people may think, that being a committed Christian is a boring life. They will never understand, that when a person lives in the spiritual realm, the world and all its entrapments quickly loose their attractiveness. Even necessary things like food, seem not that important. (Job 23:12)
Stop loving the world, start learning to love the things of God. The love of the world reveals a lukewarm spirit. Turn up the fire and get hotter. Come one let us try to reach the melting point, the point where the dross of this world melts away, where you are burning with the holy fire of God. Get baptized, fully immersed in the Holy fire of Jesus.
What thing in the world could really compete with the joy of praying in the spirit? or with discovering new truths in his holy word? or the happiness of winning a lost soul for God?