June 24, 2018

Pastoral Nuggets: The Selfie

Brother-Aaron-236x300In my opinion, one of the most tangible expressions of our society going bad is: The Selfie!

While there is nothing inherently wrong with the selfie itself, it is the thought process of the people taking them (me included) and the morphing of our cultural values it has caused, that make them dangerous.

In a word, the selfie is the Poster Child for a society that has become: Self-centered.

The selfie screams: It’s all about me! It says: This is me in the morning, and this is me at noon, and this is me at night. This is me eating, brushing my teeth, driving, wearing my new clothes, putting on my makeup, vacationing, and kissing my spouse or significant other.

And this is me with my child, at home, at work, at play, and any other thing I can come up with. It screams: This is me, me, me, me, me, me! You get the picture!

I ran into a friend the other day in a local restaurant. He’s a good Christian man. I was alone so he came and joined me at my table. Quite naturally, our conversation soon centered on things of a Christian nature.

He said, “I had somebody tell me the other day that he thought all sin could be traced back to our selfishness.” He went on to say, “I began to think about that.

And do you know what?  Preacher, I couldn’t think of a single sin that doesn’t have selfishness at its core.”  “I’m not saying there isn’t one,” he continued.  “I’m just saying I couldn’t think of one.” I think he was onto something!

If we would be honest, this whole mess we have been experiencing of late in America is the result of selfishness on a scale we have never witnessed before!

The homosexual community is saying: It’s all about us. Democrats are saying: It’s all about us. Republicans are saying: It’s all about us. Illegal immigrants are saying: It’s all about us. Feminists are saying: It’s all about us. Abortion rights advocates are saying: It’s all about us. The rich are saying: It’s all about us.

The poor are saying: It’s all about us. Liberals are saying: It’s all about us. Moderates are saying: It’s all about us. Conservatives are saying: It’s all about us. The church is saying: It’s all about us. The Black Lives Matter Movement is saying: It’s all about us. And others are saying: It’s all about everybody!

But in the midst of our selfish tirades, where we have mounted our soapboxes and are busy displaying the “selfie” of our life, demanding our voice be heard, we have managed to drown out the most important voice of all. With a still, small, voice, Jesus whispers:  It’s all about Me!

I wonder how many more will have to die before we come to our senses and realize nobody needs to see our selfie. Listen to me, this thing called life is not about me and it’s not about you. It’s about Him!

It’s a about a virgin birth, a sinless life, a cross on Calvary, and an empty tomb three days later. We will all be dead in a couple of years and will soon be forgotten. Therefore, Christ and Christ alone is all that really matters. Will we ever realize that?

I recently heard a pastor friend define culture as: that which we transmit to future generations. What will we transmit? Will we transmit our “selfie” and our “selfishness,” or will we transmit the “selflessness” of the Christ Who lives in us?

“Two little lines I heard one day, Traveling along life’s busy way; Bringing conviction to my heart, And from my mind would not depart; Only one life, twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.”  (CT Studd)

No selfies!

Brother Aaron

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