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Society – high . protects itself

Tom Brady and his high-profile wife may be well-known, rich and able to afford any domicile they want to buy.  None of that mattered when they purchased a multi-million dollar home in ultra-exclusive The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.  Only after two years of debate among the members were they accepted.  One of the reasons delaying the decision was the Bradys’ societal status.  The privacy-driven settlement didn’t want their peace disturbed by the inclusion of media-attractive people.  San Diego U-T 7/15/17

It’s interesting that high-society people, themselves of significant fame, wealth and prestige, limit those who would share their elevated status.  Because they consider others inferior in some way to them.  Or because other famous or rich people create disturbances in their quiet community.

Unlike them, God welcomes the wickedest of sinners, the poorest of mortals, the richest of men, the most moral of humanity to live with him on the basis of their faith in Christ, repentance of their sin and baptism into Christ for the forgiveness of their sin.  Where high society doesn’t want to be stained by inferiors, or ashamed by being less famous than others, God makes us all EQUAL as sinners needing Grace, having mercy on all Romans 11:32.

God overlooks all the trouble caused by people like and unlike us to who come for admission.  Whatever our societal state, he elevates us all spiritually in the process of forgiving us.  That very cleansing grants us entrance into his Presence.  We immediately fall heir to all the riches of his knowledge and wisdom.  And we joyously welcome anyone who wants to share it ALL with us.

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Society – a consumer

At an ever-younger age kids get all the excitement that gadgets can buy and programs provide.  Elmo in a recent Blondie cartoon is the poster child.  Dagwood as usual takes a nap.  Elmo nevertheless touches him awake with a statement and confession:  he’s done all the stuff summer can offer but now—7/27/16—he’s bored, one of the favorite words of kids who’ve had too much, too fast, been entertained and pampered without being challenged to Grow Up and Be Responsible!

Anyway, the second frame has Elmo asking an awakened Dagwood “since he’s 6 years old,” is this “as good as it gets?”  The third frame has Dag putting the little pepper pot out the door, telling him his mother is calling.  (But why send him back to her when she’s probably the one  who created the problem?)  Really, it was Bumstead’s way of getting rid of a nuisance.

Another example of the “Gee, I’m great, entertain me”, generation is the young Australian actress.  She likes to play different characters since it helps her look at herself a “little more.”  Parade Magazine 7/31/16.   As if that’s important.  As if the world changes as she surveys her life.  As if when she gets to her real self she won’t find a whimpering, unsettled female begging help to escape her sins, her failures, her fears.  Jesus eliminated the Elmo’s and actresses of life by demanding self-denial as the first step in discipleship.  The monstrous ego exists in even the wimpiest person monopolizes life and demands to be feted, petted, pampered and “made a little more aware of self.”  Only when God comes in and kicks self out, will we ever find our true selves.  And that recreated in the image of God Almighty, not our miserly self-awareness.  Give yourself a chance to find a self that’s worth knowing, worth keeping, worth prolonging eternally.  Only God can make THAT person of us.

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