5 Things Modern People Love More Than God [Video]


Originally posted on RooshV.com


In this talk, which I gave on September 17 at Trad Forum, I share five common worldly attachments that I’ve been struggling with since becoming a Christian. I discuss my experiences with these attachments alongside advice from Orthodox Elders and Church Fathers. My hope with the talk is to help people identify all that may be competing with their love for God.

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My son is as big as he ever needs to be and wants to eat too much. He walked in as I started listening, fussing about me putting a cap on portion sizes at dinner, listening to Roosh talk about how great food is. We are working on it. It's hard to teach a young hungry person to balance their intake!
In our house, we all have alarms attached to devices that stay near the bed. We also have Bibles on the bookshelves attached to each of our beds. Though, we are all too attached to technology. Usually if I want everything off I take the chargers and hide them!
We can walk to church, and usually we get our eggs from one of the deacons. We eat 18 every ten days or so. All of our meat and produce, for the most part, come from local groceries that buy from local or regional farms and a plant in Keene, NH.
We can't afford to be beautiful! But we do try desperately to stay kept and clean. Fr. Josiah said the church loves beauty. And I believe that. Maybe just not ostentation or provocative dress.

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It is good to have a plan for how to use the time you recover for the service of God when you pair back on worldly things. Replacing something bad and worldly with an empty void (okay, now what?) is an opportunity for replacing one distraction with another. Finding an active spiritual persuit, such as charity work, volunteerism, dedicated devotional time (preferably in a church), helps to break those old patterns for good and to build and solidify the new ones. I am increasingly convinced that doing these things in the presence of others (believers and unbelievers alike), is important for reinforcing the structure you're building and as a testament to the strength of the Holy Spirit that works within you when you do these things. You will not always follow His lead and do God's will to a receptive crowd. And, you don't build muscles by never lifting weights.


Thanks Roosh, that's quite a mirror you give me... guilty to all these attachments, since I became a Christian I lost the desire to constantly impress women, much of my sports was to look good, I appreciate your piece on looking normal, not standing out.

And actually I'm a glutton, for some time I had a notebook, I which I wrote down before I ate, drank, opened my laptop or phone, listened music or podcast, I wrote down the time, how much time I needed and what I went to consume.

Time to bring that habit back. (Started this morning again) Sin can not stand the light.

I set no constraints. I just need to stick to this rule. Before eating drinking screening or listening to music/podcasts I need to write it down. I also use this for work. Like I intentionally think what I'll do and how much time I take for that and not be distracted.

If you're a sinner like me you'll see how hard it is to keep this little promise.

And you'll see huge improvement in all behaviours.

It's as if when I hide it God doesn't see it.in this way if I keep tracking I keep responsible for my actions and I sin much less.
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Kitty Tantrum

I prayed for God to help rid me of my love for food early this year, and He seems to have responded very swiftly in the affirmative.

I wasn't gifted with any kind of sudden willpower to resist unnecessary eating, though (note that this isn't what I prayed for!). My body just absolutely revolts if I try to eat the way I used to. Which wasn't even really unhealthy - but WAS nevertheless indulgent. It's been a few months of learning a whole new set of rules, and learning that I have to stick to them if I don't want to suffer.

I've cooked and baked all sorts of wonderful and delicious things while visiting family the last couple of weeks, but have not been able to eat more than a bite of any of them (many I haven't even tasted). These are all old favorites and my own recipes I've tweaked to "perfection" - but I just can't do it. I've learned that I'll feel awful later if I do.

It is well worth asking for God's help with these things. It can certainly be a harsh adjustment if the way He helps is by swapping out the pleasure previously associated with a long-standing habit, for pain or discomfort.

But if you're ready to give it up, you're ready to give it up.


I enjoy a sweet at the end of my lunch every day. It puts a smile in my heart. I feel no impact to my spiritual life nor health. Perhaps others have problems with food.
I'm reminded of a roosh article - moderation is a myth. I'm not in agreement with that article nor this one. (Someone must be an outlier).
In my life I benefit greatly from balance, especially my mental health.


I really enjoyed this talk. Thanks.
It was good to hearing you talk Roosh.
I know you don't want to do livestreams, however, you can reach a lot and help many by doing talks on such topics.

I know you are a not a priest and feel unqualified, but you resonate a lot with people like us since you are one of us and have the same struggles.
Using quotes from Saints is very helpful as well.
I highly encourage you to do regular talks like these.



This was a really great talk, Roosh. You've covered some of those topics in your previous articles, and yet I got some new insights out of them in your talk. It was also nice to see you back in video format. If live-streaming is something you would rather not go back to, how about a lowkey videolog series on the topics with musings or additional thoughts about the things you write about (so it doesn't have to be the current news). I'm sure a lot of people on here would appreciate it.

Grow Bag

All bases covered there I think Roosh. Most of those, especially gluttony, is or has been a struggle for me to some degree, though grinding out my salvation with patience, endurance and perseverance in the manner of so many monks and Christians of old is what challenges me most. I don't do long-suffering well. I want results or indications that I'm on the right track while I'm carrying my cross. Every week that passes without some sign of progress begins to weigh down on me more and more. Then at some point I crack and despair, refuse to pray or pray reluctantly and bitterly. I've got a lot of maturing to do.