by Roger Thomas

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Philippians: Forever Living in a Whatever World (13 of 29)
Series: Through the New Testament
Roger Thomas
Philippians 1:27-28; 2:12-16; 3:20-21; 4:11-13

Introduction: Whatever! That's one of those little "young people's" words that exists for one purpose and one purpose only--to drive older folk crazy. Sometimes whatever is just filler. It doesn't mean anything. It's just punctuation. Other times it voices indifference. "Do want a sausage or anchovy pizza?" Whatever. Translation--either one is alright with me. I don't really care. But sometimes whatever drips with sarcasm. "Would you please turn your music down or pull your pants up?" Whatever! Translation--who do you think you are?

Some world watchers insist that such innocent terms are not nearly as innocent as might expect. Big meaning sometimes hides behind little words like whatever. They note that many in this whatever generation have grown up with everything that money can buy and little that it can't. Record numbers have been raised by TV, single moms and broken marriages. They have been over entertained and under cared for. Their world has shown them that you can't depend on anything. Everything changes. Values have disappeared. Truth doesn't exist. Everyone eventually abandons you. No one really cares. To survive they have developed hardened hearts and cynical spirits. To every situation, they have learned to respond with a shrug of the shoulders and a whatever.

Whatever is the safe response! Whatever makes no commitments. Whatever keeps its options open. Whatever pretends that it doesn't care. If you don't care, then you can't get hurt. At least that's the promise. Whatever keeps life at arms length. Whatever builds a defensive wall against people who will only get close and then hurt you. If the psychologists and sociologists are right, there is a lot more to whatever than just an empty word.

If you sometimes feel like you wish you could just crawl safel ...

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