Weekly Word with Randy Muse

Its summertime and kids all over will be watching movies, movies and more movies. One of their favorites is “Despicable Me,” in which the main characters are Minions. According to Wikipedia, Minions are small, yellow creatures who have existed since the beginning of time, evolving from single-celled organisms into beings that exist only to serve history’s most despicable masters. After serving a great many masters over the centuries (though they accidentally kill their masters most of the time), and a disastrous end to their service to Napoleon, the Minions are driven into isolation and decide to start a new life in a massive cave in the Arctic. After many years, the Minions become depressed, restless and unmotivated without a master to serve. To regain their dignity and sense of purpose, they decide to set out to find a new master.

It seems as if these little bad guys became great guys to the children, youth and some adults of our society. Millions of dollars have been made off the Minions’ movies, as well as anything that happens to be associated with the cute little criminals. I know that kid’s movies are laughable and enjoyed by the whole family, but at the same time, what message are we conveying? In a way we’re putting out there not only the idea that wrong doing can be good, but also cool!

Now don’t get me wrong. I don’t think kids are walking away from the Minion movies looking for a new master that they can do evil acts for. They don’t have to. We’re already born with a nature that causes us to serve an evil master. He’s a master of deception, he’s been making evil seem good and vice-a-versus for a long time. Until we come to the knowledge of our sin, and understand that this way that seems right ends in destruction, we’ll serve him knowingly and unknowingly. We’re all serving the Lord Jesus or Satan. We’re either slaves to sin or slaves to righteousness. The scriptures remind us that no one can serve two masters.

Romans 6:16-19 reads like this, “Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey – whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.”

Jesus has paid the price to set us free from our slavery to sin. If we love Him, we will abide with Him. He will never cause us to sin, nor cause us to wonder what sin is and what it isn’t. Instead, He will lead you on the right path through the power of the Holy Spirit. And if you steer away from it like I do, just confess to Him that you have. He will offer forgiveness and a new start. Be Blessed.