Galatians 6: 3 If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
We live in a sad age when reality television rules our popular culture. Whether its Octomom or the Gosseleins, the Bachelor or Big Brother, our whole society seems obsessed with people who’s only talent is to brazenly tout their rudeness and crass ways on the small screen. I was even sadly shocked to see that inside the Smithsonian Castle (Washington, DC) of all places, the three chairs and desk for the judges of American Idol were prominently displayed. I guess that the dumbing down of our culture is one of the major indicators that our civilization is breaking apart. Everybody wants to get their fifteen minutes of fame, no matter what the cost is to themselves. Perhaps Andy Warhol was a prophet after all.
This self-centered narcissism is nothing new to our society. Paul wrote about it to the Christians in Galatia almost 2000 years ago. At that time, the fledgling Christian community was trying to establish itself. A few people, however, were beginning to aggrandize themselves by making them out to be better than everyone else. Paul nipped this in the bud by writing about the sin of pride and the mistake of being self-centered in a Christ-centered community. There was no room for esteem, ambition, and power in the church. All the honor and glory belonged to Christ. As Paul so aptly put it, ‘If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.’
Reality occurs when we check our pride and humble ourselves before Christ. It might not make good television, but when the audience is God, it makes a real opportunity for us to be restored to His love and kingdom.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to get real and to understand the ultimate reality of life occurs when we give our hearts to You and place our lives into Your hands. Forgive us for being wiled by worldly distractions and enable us to experience what is actually real for our souls, our culture, and society. In Your Holy Name, we humbly pray. Amen.
John Stuart is the pastor of Erin Presbyterian Church in Knoxville, Tennessee. If you would like to comment on today’s message, please send him an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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