A Few Seconds of Attention

Have you ever watched American Idol?  In the early rounds, one can hear truly horrible sounds.  In some cases it is so funny that it will quite literally cause one to roll on the floor with laughter.

Maybe, some do not know how badly they sound.  Many people are like this spiritually.  They think that they are so religious and so spiritually minded.  Even so, God is the ultimate judge (cf. Proverbs 16:2).  It is indeed possible to be self-deceived (James 1:22, 27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; 1 Corinthians 15:33; Galatians 6:3, 7; 1 John 1:8), but this is a lesson for another time.

I think that it is possible that others are simply wanting to do something outrageous in order to get on television.  They clearly have no chance of winning, but they are on television receiving a few seconds of notice and attention.

This thirst for notoriety, appetite for attention, is also seen in skimming The Guinness Book of World Records.  Some of the records within the book are legitimate feats of accomplishments; while, others seem to have no purpose other than a few seconds of attention.

Whose attention are you seeking?  The fame of the world passes away.  “He who does the will of God abides forever” (1 John 2:17).  Paul made it clear his aim was not to please men, but God (Galatians 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 2:4 cf. Matthew 6:1-ff).  Let us “make our aim… to be well-pleasing to Him” (2 Corinthians 5:9).

About Bryan Hodge

I am a minister and missionary to numerous countries around the world.
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