SIERRA MADRE, Calif. (AP) ‐‐ Trash talk hasn't been a waste of time for Kevin Inciyaki. At age 9, it's landed him notice and a job.
Kevin likes garbage and garbage containers and garbage trucks and garbage books and garbage videos. Early photos of him in the family scrapbook show him inspecting trash cans at Sea World.
He has a photo collection of ``garbage trucks of the world'' taken for him by family friends on trips abroad.
Kevin doesn't know what got his interested in the dirty side of life. Classmates at Bethany Christian School ``think it's kinda weird,'' he said.
In Hawaii, his brother wanted to go snorkeling, and when we asked Kevin what he wanted to do, he said, 'Follow the garbage trucks,''' Mrs. Inciyaki said Monday.
Sierra Madre public works officials who knew how much Kevin likes trash recommended him for a job with the University of California, Los Angeles. Now he's running a worm farm and collecting worm information as part of a waste management survey in Sierra Madre and Monrovia.
``It's been garbage since he was 2yearsold you have no idea what it's like having a child who has a passion for trash,'' said Kevin's mother, Marsha Inciyaki.
- Maybe I don’t know what it’s like to have a child who had a passion for trash.
- Maybe you don’t know what it’s like to have a child who has a passion for trash.
- But it’s very much possible that GOD knows what it’s like to have children who have a passion for trash.
7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
- While they talked of their freedom they secretly lusted for slavery.
- While they worshipped Jehovah in the dance, they also quickly bowed to Baal.
The flies swarm and the maggots breed as the stench of their sin fills the air. Is it really that bad.
Verse 6 simply tells us that they lusted after evil things: While God gave to them angel’s food, they lusted after the onions and garlic of Egypt. Feasting on the food of freedom, they hungered for the slop of slavery.
- Manna was not good enough.
- Heaven’s bounty was not good enough.
- It took some of the world to spice it up so it was edible.
Paul digs a little deeper and in verse 7 he reveals the next subject of his trash talk.
After seeing all that God had done for them, after the miracles, after the deliverance, after the salvation of their families and their homes...
- They eat, they drink, they lust and make a golden calf.
- They have church their way, after the lust of their flesh, rather than God’s way – after the spirit.
- We want a glitzy god.
- We want a flashy god.
- We want a god that is into “cool” things.
- We want a god that would look good in a palace.
- We want a god that makes our heathen friends think that we understand their ways.
- We want a god that is appealing to the outsider.
Paul pulls away the stench of carnal worship to uncover, in verse 8, even more putrid things.
- When their view of God changed, their lifestyle changed.
- When desires changed, their lifestyle changed.
- Beyond, idolatry and covetousness, he found sexual immorality.
- First they stole God’s glory and next they stole their neighbour’s wife. Evil communications corrupt good manners.
Deeper yet, Paul uncovers the stench of a faith misplaced.
Deep down in Israel’s trash can was the reality that they “tempted Christ”.
How did they tempt Christ?
- They refused to accept the good report.
- They refused to accept the positive news of the spies.
- Face to face with the positive and the negative, they chose the negative over and over and over again.
At the bottom of the barrel, we discover the worst thing of all! The most disgusting thing about all of this is simple.
- We all have trash!
- The Queen has trash.
- The Prime Minister has trash.
- The President has trash
We know that as long as we are in the flesh, as long as we are in the world, we will have to deal with trash in our lives.
The reality is that the wheat will always be mingled with the tares.
- It is not the tares that are my concern.
- It is the reality that the tares can overcome the wheat that is my concern.
- The faithful act faithless.
- The sanctified act sinful.
- The righteous act rotten.
Paul called it murmuring. (verse 10)
Perhaps we could call it a heart murmur.
Somewhere at the heart of Trash Talk, is an ungrateful spirit.
STOP THE TRASH TALK!
The only way to end the Trash Talk is to clean the trash out of our lives!
Today’s NIV has removed the word “saints” – it needs to stay!!
“Saint” and “Holy” come from the same word.
- We are called to be holy, as we are called to be saints.
- We are called to moral purity.
- We are called to spiritual cleanness.
Take it out before it builds up.
- Trashy Diet – out!
- Trashy desires – out!
- Trashy worship – out!
- Trashy morals – out!
How To Take Out The Trash!
Nothing keeps the heart clean and the trash from accumulating like praise & worship.
2 – EXAMINE YOURSELF!
How did you get off track.
3 – REMIND YOURSELF THAT GOD LOVES YOU.
He is compassionate with our failures. He helps because He loves.
4 – INITIATE RENEWAL
Confess your sins. Confess your faults. Tell God about the trash!
5 – SEEK THE FIRE
Nothing gets rid of the junk in our lives like the fire of the Holy Ghost.
- Seek His presence.
- Seek His power.
- Seek His glory.
- Seek a fire from the altar to tough your tongue and make it pure.
Make imitating Christ to be the minute by minute goal of your life.