I was on the internet today when an ad popped up for Sprint. Their new sales slogan is "Unlimited."
As in unlimited everything - talk, text, internet, whatever the phone can do, do it all the live-long day. 24/7. 52 weeks a year. No black out dates.
Unlimited as a concept.
And I'm thinking...are you mad?!
What is it about our culture that believes we should be establishing habits that lack all self-control...and that it is somehow a good thing?
Funny, but a complete lack of restraint just doesn't sound like something I want to sign a two year contract for.
My mind flooded with Scriptures that speak to this subject. Galatians Five tells us Self-Control is a fruit of the Spirit. Proverbs 25:28 warns, "Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control."
Then there's Titus...
"For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ." Titus 2:11-12
And 2 Timothy gets really serious about it...
"But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power." 2 Timothy 3:1-4.
I read this and I think, we are in the last days. This is our culture, right now, to a great extent. But verse five really hits it home...
"Have nothing to do with them."
So I think I'll pass on Sprint's latest offer