I've been seeing some interesting vices being drawn-out of people. We talk so much about the sin nature, but not enough about how it can be drawn out. What is the expression about a carrot on a stick? The donkey never reaches it, but it always appears to be just beyond its grasp. I was just reading a post on a site about a young woman who had a "conscience" but was SO desperate for acceptance in an exclusive community that she attended an underground x-rated event at a swanky loft in New York and engaged in lewd activities. She was repenting as she wrote her post, and was repenting while she was at the event. Her carrot was "bragging rights" with respect for a satanic event. She wasn't spiritual but spoke spiritually; she said that as soon as it was over, they were afraid and ran out of the place. In other words, it reached the point when the spirit that they were operating in, broke, and they came back to the reality of what they'd done. Fool's gold has the color, shine, design, stamp of authenticity, and even provokes reactions from others, as if it's real. They say that there's no business like show-business! What are talk-shows? A show or broadcast where a host entertains guests, and then there's an exchange between the audience, the host, and the guests. Society has problems and talk shows attempt to provide the answers to those problems, so naturally they invite a lot of professionals, psychologists, and social scientists on their shows. We catch them sometimes or see them in the periphery sense and say, "No, No! That's bad advice, that's all wrong!" Why do we feel a certain way about the "motivational speaker" and the talk show host? In judges 17 we meet Micah. When it comes to Micah and his mother, it doesn't matter who you give the remote control to because they're going to watch the same thing. The illusion of choice is present, but it's merely an illusion. He steals some money from his mother with the intention of buying idols, but when she calls to his attention that the money is missing he returns it and confesses his sin. But she does the same thing with the money, that he would've done with it; she buys idols and gives them to him: because he lives in a house full of fool's gold. (idols) He makes an ephod and teraphim and consecrates his son to be a priest. Has the world tried to consecrate talk show hosts, as if they're the new-age priests of the secular realm? An authentic priest arrives and meets Micah, but this priest compromises his integrity, because he allows Micah to consecrate him. Some people act like they want to send tithe money to their favorite talk show host. Everything that the priest should be doing for Micah, the priest is allowing Micah to do for him. The priest becomes the spiritual leader of this idolater who has no intentions of giving up idolatry! When the tribe of Benjamin arrives they say, (there's fool's gold here; what is real gold doing in this place!?" They were surprised and angry that the Levite was ministering to this idolater. And so much so, that it almost became violent when Micah tried to prevent them from taking his priest. Fool's gold is a little more potent than merely cheap, fake gold.