Ryan Bingham: "I don't spend a dollar that doesn't benefit my frequent flyer account."
That quote, from the movie Up in the Air, comes from the character played by George Clooney. It shows his emptiness, his loneliness, and his captivity to hitting the magical 10-million mile mark. As a side note: can you imagine 10,000,000 frequent flyer miles? Sheesh. And what's so magical about it?
I haven't even seen the movie, just a couple of trailers. But that's who immediately popped to mind when I ran across 2 Peter 2.19: for whatever overcomes a person, to that he is enslaved. When a life's organizing principle is centered around frequent flyer miles, physical pleasure, looking right in front of people, knowing the right people, learning and knowing the right things, being able physically or financially to do "the ultimate thing" (however it's defined), or any other such pursuit, that life is no life at all. It's slavery.
Freedom only comes through Christ. It doesn't come through the false teachers and their false doctrine. And that's not just Peter's context, but ours too. We have false teachers in movies, television, books, peer groups, and more. Where are you receiving input? And does that input square with the Scriptures?
The only person to whom we can enslave ourselves and find freedom is Jesus Christ. Everyone else offers freedom but it's actually bondage.
But that's just me thinking thoughts...