Sunday, December 15, 2013

the age of the selfie

"Selfie" is a pretty good description of
what's on most of our minds. 

Oxford Dictionaries named "selfie" the 2013 "word of the year."*

While we're taking pictures of ourselves, 
there are 870 million* people in the world who are hungry. 
870 million

While we're buying a venti at Starbucks for $4.45,
almost half the world, over three billion people*, are living on less than $2.50 a day.

While we're deciding which of the 52 churches in our community we'd like to attend, 2.9 billion people in the world have no idea that they have a Creator who has a Son.  
2.9 billion

There's some balance that's clearly a little off. 
I love America, I love Americans,
 I love having plenty of food to eat,
I love churches. 
God bless developed nations. 
What I do not love, however, is that while many of us Americans come up with new extra things to burn our money on to make our lives a little more comfortable, our faces a little bit less flawed, our appetites a little more satisfied, 
other people are drawing their last breath because they don't have food to eat, without having ever heard the name of Jesus.

What are we going to do?

The One I'm serving, Jesus is His Name, told me that the way things are right now is how He knew they'd get. 

But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good,…
-2 Timothy 3:1-3

Aren't we all a bunch of lovers of ourselves?
Lord, help us. 

If American young people spent as much time praying for the nations as they did taking pictures of themselves, the 
2.9 billion who have not heard the Gospel would probably have already heard it. 

When is the last time you spent an entire day thinking about things that really mattered? 
It's possible that you have never had such a day. 
Let's ask Jesus to give us more days like that and 
less days staring at our selfish selves.  

Let's put down the cameras that we're holding up in front of our faces and get down on our knees before our Holy God. 
He's got some things He wants us to accomplish on the earth, and some people He wants us to love. 
When we listen, He guides us. 
I believe He will always guide us away from "selfies."