“In our world of social media, people create their own celebrity.” (Brandon Stanton, author of Humans of New York, in an interview on public radio).
“It’s not about you.” (the title of the sermon I heard on Sunday).
A lot has changed in two thousand years. We live in a world that people living in the first-century could not have imagined. But some things have not changed at all. The world’s wisdom, which you can boil down to “look out for yourself,” is still the world’s wisdom. God’s wisdom which is “deny yourself, love God and other people, and pray ‘your kingdom come, your will be done,’” is still God’s wisdom...and the way to true life.
In the middle of the first century a Christian leader wrote a letter to disciples of Jesus in the Greek city of Corinth. They had committed themselves to kingdom living but then were being sucked back into the wisdom of this world. They were somehow thinking you can mix the two.
That has been a problem and a temptation ever since. It just manifests itself in new ways in every era. In our day we must be aware of being drawn to “create our own celebrity” with the ubiquity of social media. Like so many things, this technology can be used for good, but the idea can insidiously creep into our consciousness that it is about me...and my family...and my kids...and my grand-kids...and my dog or my cat!
Let’s stay in touch, share news and use social media, but let’s do it with a prayer: “Our Father, in heaven, hallowed be your name. Let your kingdom come (to me and into me), let me do your will on earth as it is in heaven...because it is not about me.”