Thursday, March 29, 2007

Housework: Just Another of Satan's Ploys


Oprah.com is full of housecleaning tips from Clean Sweep's Peter Walsh. (Note where he is called an "organizational guru"--how New Age can you get?)He lists ten ways of dealing with clutter (an obvious mockery of the Ten Commandments):

HOW TO KEEP YOUR HOUSE CLUTTER-FREE

1. Tackle messes one room at a time.
2. When you buy something new, practice the "in-out rule:" For every one new item, get rid of an old one.
3. Create intimacy in the master bedroom. Remember that improvements in one room can spread to the rest of the house.
4. Make cleaning up fun for your kids.
5. Create a vision for the room you're cleaning.
6. Teach your kids how to sort.
7. Use a hanger system to determine which clothes you wear most.
8. Ask yourself if you really need something. If you hesitate, you don't.
9. Establish a "magic triangle" in your kitchen between the stove, refrigerator and the sink. Keep the items you use most in that area.
10. Identify useful utensils with the cardboard box test.

Never mind the inherent dishonesty in this list. (Items 1 and 3 essentially say the same thing, as do 4 and 6. Couldn't he come up with ten things? And don't even get us started on whatever witchcraft is involved in a "magic triangle.")The real issue here is that housework is nothing but a worldly concern, as illustrated by the story of Mary and Martha.

Luke 10:38-42
Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

When we focus on things not of the spirit, we miss out on the good part, the teachings of our Lord. This week, leave that bed unmade. Let the dirty dishes pile up. Let mold grow in the shower. Do it for Jesus.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is a joke, right?

Atlas Farmer said...

Of course it's not a joke! Beware of false idols like housecleaning.

ktburgess said...

Eternal damnation is no joke, we assure you.

Kara Beara said...

It makes sense that hell would be a tidy place.

pooya said...

There's nothing more Sterile than Hell I guess..

Anonymous said...

hey, sometimes housecleaning can be a false idol.. but you should know better to think that God would tolerate untidiness.

kamoelot said...

I am so very pleased that I foudn the evidence that this is a joke.
Someone told me the other day that Oprah is the anti-Christ. Now, I don't even watch Oprah and I have no idea what she is up to, but I wanted to see if others agreed...hence the finding of this blog. I was greatfully concerned until I discovered that you suggest we should let our showers get moldy for Jesus. Thanks for the laugh.