Pilot Knob Lutheran Burning Man 9/6/2023
Have you heard of the “Burning Man” before now? Hard not to with the recent flooding at Black Rock City. Heavy rains flooded the 400 square mile desert, stranding some 70k attendees who paid anywhere from $575 to over one thousand dollars for the week-long festival. It originated on June 21, 1986 in San Francisco on Baker Beach and has grown ever since.
What is it? “Burning Man is an annual week-long festival where people from all over the world go to build a temporary city in a harsh desert environment in order to participate in creating and experiencing art, community and spirituality, all with radical self-expression without judgment.” (Spiritual Counterfeit Project Journal Vol. 36 2012) Burning Man describes it as: “. . an annual experiment to temporary community dedicated to radical self-expression and radical self-reliance.” While much could be said about its origins and societies that are involved, for this shout article suffice it to say what goes on there can be summarized by Deuteronomy 18:10b–11 Let no one be found among you who. . . , who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.” Nearly every form of New Age, LGBTQ+, pagan, satanic, and deviant sexual expression is taken to the extreme. It’s indoctrinating people into a pagan and dark worldview that God will judge. Dt. 18:12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord; because of these same detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you.
This is yet another indication of where our country and world is heading; a very dark road with an unimaginable and unexpected end. However, we as Christians are called to live blameless lives before God and to: Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:11-16 Pray for a spiritual awakening before it is too late.
Pr. Bob Snitzer
By the Way:
September 3, 9:00 AM Morning worship. Sermon: 1 Samuel 3:15–21
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