Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Most Exciting Name: Barack or Sarah or Jesus?
Barack Obama was the talk of the nation until 11 days ago.
Now the obession is with 'Sarah' or 'My Sarah' or 'Our Sarah' - not Governor Palin or VP candidate Palin. Not even Mrs. Palin. Seriously false intimacy here.
The hero worship boggles my mind. There are Barbie-comparable action figures now. (And Barbie is the loser.)
In our media-driven culture, when you are known only by your first name, you have arrived. Angelina, Britney, LeBron, Barack and now Sarah. Like it or not, she's the current Elvis.
And as John Lennon once stated about the Beatles, I'm afraid both Barack and Sarah are bigger than Jesus.
Even among professing Christians like me. I do get caught up in the political debate.
Here's a quiz:
1. Is that biblical - not the gimmicks - the hero worship?
2. Does Jesus mind playing second or third string on our list of heroes or priorities?
3. Does Jesus want to be an action figure for your kids too?
For answers, see Exodus 20:1-7
(For the other candidates, action figures, Pez (Prez?) dispensers and plush pillows are available too!)
David, one of our elders, asked me why I'm shying away from saying much about politics. Especially in light of this article in the Washington post reporting a challenge to our Federal courts to allow pastors to endorse candidates and political parties from the pulpit.
There's only One politician to promote from the pulpit - and with your life. There's only One Name worth your dedication and loyalty. He's zealous about His Kingdom and the advance of His reign.
He does not need your vote for change.
He has mercifully rescued this sin-wrecked piece of human debris.
What else could capture a heart more?
What else could motivate grateful obedience and humble servant leadership in me?
Do we Christians anticipate the day when Jesus gets the fame due His name? Won't it be an awesome, fearful thing to see the convention hall of our Savior? Sarah and Barack and Elvis and you and me, we'll one day bow our knees and confess the Name That Is Above Every Name - Jesus Lord Most High.
And that will be better than winning a small election in a remote corner of the Universe. The One True God measures the nations like sand on a scale.
Don't set your hope so low! This Sunday and every Sunday, pray you hear the correct endorsement in your church. Set you mind on things above...
...maybe then we would see some real change - on earth as it is in heaven?