As we head into this season of Thanksgiving, which should be a nonsense term as every day should be a day of thanksgiving and praise: We were dead in our sin. Now we are alive in Christ. Thank you Jesus! Praise the Lord!
As we enter into what the western world considers Thanksgiving, let us reflect on our reflection, well on our image. We are made in the image of God. That should get a few amen’s and hallelujah’s, or at least a cool beans.
The problem is that we seem so self-absorbed with our own image. I enjoy Facebook. I find that it is not the place for any considered discussion beyond the sophomoric banter than results at best in a waste of time and at the worst, the bitterest of vitriol and condemnation. Rarely, you might find that intellectual companion who sharpens your mind, but most don’t.
But it is a great place for pictures of kids and grandkids and what people are doing and occasionally somebody’s new car or car accident or unusual cargo (that you happen to be stuck behind). But what is it with all these selfies?
Are we that self-absorbed with our own image? It seems that we are obsessed with self-flirtation. When you are out with a group and want a memory, hey, the selfie does the trick (maybe that would be a groupie); but so many people post new pictures of themselves daily.
Are we that fixated on ourselves? Are we afraid that people won’t recognize us if we don’t update daily?
Picking up your cross and denying yourself is totally counter-culture in this age. Putting off the old self seems to be a daily post as the new selfie must prevail.
I love that we are made in the image of God and being transformed into the likeness of Christ Jesus. I just think that we don’t need the daily visuals. I don’t think that selfies are really transformation metrics.
Just a thought here…
Let’s keep our eyes fixed on Jesus (not ourselves). He is, after all, the Author and Finisher of our faith.
Skip the selfie. Focus on following the Lord!