Sunday, December 17, 2006

Time magazine, really?

So this year's person of the year from Time Magazine is You. You read it right - they are (as many have done for years now) recognizing the exalted place of the individual in our technical age. And so we have another excuse to buy into the lie that the universe revolves around me and my desires. How we can live in a universe as vast as ours and still believe that we are the star in the show amazes me. I interact with people all day who have bought into that kind of thinking and ended up destroying their lives. They are dieing because of living for the their own glory and fulfillment. I like how John Piper says it:

"The point is this: we were made to know and treasure the glory of God above all things; and when we trade that treasure for images, everything is disordered. The sun of God's glory was made to shine at the center of the solar system of our soul. When it does, all the planets for our life are held in their proper orbit. But when the sun is displaced, everything flies apart. The healing of the soul begins by restoring the glory of God to its flaming, all-attracting place at the center. We are all starved for the glory of God, not self. No one goes to the Grand Canyon to increase self-esteem. Why do we go? Because there is greater healing for the soul in beholding the splendor than there is in beholding self. Indeed, what could be more ludicrous in a vast and glorious universe like this than a human being, on the speck called earth, standing in front of a mirror trying to find significance in his own self-image? It is a great sadness that this is the gospel of the modern world."

Sorry, Time - You is just a poser of the One who really deserves all the glory.

1 comment:

Serendipitous Soapbox said...

And to jump on your bandwagon...The more we try to buy into the idea that we can fulfill ourselves with the things this world offers, the more empty and depraved we become. Is it any wonder that the church in America suffers so? We tend to package Christ in terms of what He can do for us, not in terms of how we are to serve Him. This leaves many a disillusioned, typically young, Christian lost without a clue as to the Glory of God and Joy of the Lord.