The tagline was, “25 Dumb Things People Think are Cool.” I was drawn in. The caption led me to believe it would be a list of things that are inherently dangerous, or that are based on pseudo-science. Turns out, as a couple of clicks revealed, it was basically a list of things that many people in our culture like but the one making the list does not like. I really need to spend less time online.
Don’t get me wrong. I agreed with pretty much all of the items specified. Ear gauges? Really? How did that ever become a thing?) But to impugn the intelligence of thousands of strangers simply based on your own personal preferences? That’s taking elitism to a whole other level.
In fact, I am inspired to make my own list of things that people think are cool (judging from the number of people who do them) but are really dumb. And God gets to define dumb.
We’ll start with shallow judgments, since we’re on the subject (Matthew 7:1-2).
Next comes gossip (Proverbs 11:13).
Drunkenness (Proverbs 23:31-32).
Narcotics in general (1 Corinthians 7:12).
Chronic sleeping late (Proverbs 24:33-34).
Mooching off your friends (2 Thessalonians 3:6-8).
Trashing the Bible (Psalm 1:1-2)
Being “open-minded” or “experimental” regarding sexuality (Romans 1:26-27).
“Making it rain” with excess displays of wealth (1 Timothy 6:17-19).
I could probably get to 25, but space does not permit. You get the idea, though. Be warned: seeking a “hellacious” time on earth may be more successful in eternity than the hellion could possibly imagine.