The God of “Me!”
It could be argued the we lived in the most selfish generation to ever walk the planet. There have always been selfish people in the world, but it just seems to be getting worse. We selfishly pursue career, money, fame and the perfect body thinking that all of this will bring purpose and fulfillment. And that pursuit forces us to be in a bigger hurry than ever. We are constantly connected to everyone around us through an iPhone or Blackberry. Email never leaves our side. There is always a meeting to be at, even if it’s online with someone in a foreign country. Money buys us enhancements to our bodies that feed our desire for self-esteem. Our lives are cluttered with our own selfish pursuits. And those selfish pursuits often prevent us from seeing the things that are most important. Simply stated;
We worship the god of “me.”
Have you ever heard someone say, “How did we get here? It’s just not like the old days anymore.” While there are many variables that have led us to this place of being dubbed, “the most selfish generation to ever walk the planet,” I’m convinced they all boil down to one thing;
We are freaking, selfish people!
Are you starting to see where this is heading? I think we’re kind of selfish.
And this goes for all of us. Followers of Christ are no exception. It seems some Christians have tried to distance themselves from the culture by saying things like, “This culture is going to hell in a hand basket.” If you have ever said this, it may be a good time to stop and remind yourself that you are a part of the culture. We are all selfish. We are in a near perpetual state of worshiping the god of “me.”
I once heard a story about a pastor who was speaking at a conference. Thousands of Christians were in attendance. In his challenge to the listeners, this pastor said something to the effect of, “Thousands of children die every day because they don’t have food or clean water and you people don’t give a s*** about it.”
Now, ask yourself, what are you most offended by about that statement? My guess is you are offended first that I would insinuate a swear word on this blog. Maybe you’re offended that a pastor would use that kind of language in a sermon at a Christian conference. Or, are you actually offended because thousands of children do in fact die every day because they don’t have the basic elements they need for survival and many Christians remain relatively silent on the issue?
Jesus chose not to remain silent on this issue. On one occasion a religious leader approached and tested Him. You can read the entire exchange in Luke 10:25-37, which I would highly encourage. The entire law and the prophets are boiled down to two things by Jesus; love God and love people. I find this exchange to be one of Jesus’ most fascinating. Not only does He allow the religious leader to come to the right answer on his own, but Jesus doesn’t once give the idea that any of this life is about us. He simply says,
It’s a revolutionary kind of love. It’s a love that reaches beyond the church walls. It’s a love that bandages the hurting; cares for the broken; houses those with no where to stay; feeds the hungry; touches the sick; and dare I say, offers grace to the prostitute. It’s revolutionary because it’s a game changer. It’s a love that has no ulterior motives. It’s a love that loves just for love’s sake. It’s a love that says, “God is so important to me and He loves me so much, that I simply can’t help but share His love with you.”
It’s a love that screams, “IT’S NOT ABOUT ME!”
And a love like that, can change everything.
Are you looking for ways to love people in creative and revolutionary ways?
How do you serve the god of “me?”
What selfish attitudes do you need to sacrifice to God so that you can be freed up to love people?
Posted on August 12, 2010, in Church, discipleship, disciplines, God, Life, love, missional communities, missionary, outreach, pastors, relationships, the basics, the culture, the world, worldview. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.