Literally, I’ve laughed out loud at the magnitude of truth in the statement, “the elephant in the room”. We can see “the elephant”, it’s rather large and can’t be missed but somehow we manage to talk around it being careful not to disturb or acknowledge it. Impossible!
The "elephant in the room" is a series our pastor is currently teaching. It has heightened awareness of "elephants" in my own life. Since I'm married to the pastor I've asked him to stay away from my mess but he keeps gettin' all up in my business! Just kidding. If anyone is shining a light on my inner self it is the Holy Spirit.
So let's light up an enormous elephant right here right now: entitlement among Christians. We readily talk about the problem of entitlement in our nation as though it’s something new; y’all it’s been going on since Satan got his tail kicked out of the presence of God. He thought he was entitled to a higher position than God. Remember the words of Isaiah 14:13-14
“But you (Satan) said in your heart,
‘I will ascend to heaven;
I will raise my throne above the stars of God,
And I will sit on the mount of assembly
In the recesses of the north.
‘I will ascend above the heights of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.’” (NASB)
Entitlement believes it is deserving of privileges and this mentality is destroying our nation, our homes, our marriages, out testimonies and unity in the church. Wake up!
Thom S. Ranier writes:
“How do we know when entitlement becomes pervasive in our churches? We can be sure it’s present when we hear comments similar to these:
“I have been a member of this church for 20 years, so I deserve things my way.”
“Someone was sitting in the pew where my family sits.”
“I tithe to this church, so you work for me.”
“If I don’t get my way, I’ll withhold my money from the church.”
“Some people will be in trouble if they mess with the worship the way I like it.”
“We’ll just visit another church until he changes things back to the way they were.”
“Why didn’t you visit me? That’s what we pay you to do.”
Entitlement must end, Change me Lord.