Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Defying Reality TV...

Is it just my imagination, but does it seem like the only thing on television these days is "Reality TV?" You know, those cheap programs where individuals are pitted against each other and the ultimate goal is to simply "vote them out of your life."

I suppose this trend is an indication of the times we live in; voting people out! This person doesn't quite measure up... that person is a threat . . . . cast them aside. All of this is definitely wrong for the Christian mind-set.

Jesus told us that the second greatest commandment in all of God's Word is to love our neighbor as our self (Matthew 22:39). If reality TV is any indication, we are completely in love with ourselves. We are thinking constantly of ways to advance ourselves, to make our world comfortable for ourselves, and to do whatever it takes to fulfill our own agenda. Seems a far cry from what Jesus had in mind, doesn't it?

Ever wonder what our world would be like if we really began to live the life that Jesus told us about? What would happen to us if scripture came alive in our hearts and we truly began to think of others more than ourselves? If that happened, what would become of world hunger? What would become of social injustice? And what would become of reality TV?

Pace Community Church, and its people, are here to offer a counter-cultural view to this worldly mind-set. My heart longs to become the person that Jesus taught about. A person that loves the God with all of my heart, and all of my soul, and all of my strength. And a person who puts self to the side and really begins to serve and love my neighbor...

Remember, "it's not about you. It's about those we are called to serve."