Also in this section:
- A Gospel That Doesn't Make Sense
- God as Ultimate Being, is Never Becoming
- Complacent Repentance
- Getting Hit By The Waves
- Why Do Good Things Happen to Bad People?
- Rejoice, Imitate, Identity – And So On and So On…
- S. S. S.
- Pardoned and Glorified
- Our Future is Bright
- Misunderstanding “Repentance” is Confusing the Gospel
- Image and Likeness = Dignity and Sanctity
- Sheep Without a Shepherd
- Why Christian Marriage Matters
- The Ordinary Christian Life Is a Radical Life
- People Over Profit
- The Greater David
- 4 Ways God Punishes Sin
- Go Therefore…
- Would Jesus Win Every Event at The Olympics?
- The Object of Our Faith
- Habakkuk’s First Complaint
- Your Lion’s Den
- Give Me Liberty
- Turf War: Missionaries Are Moving in on Our Territory
- The Heavens Declare
- Introducing Jesus: Where Do You Start?
Your Selfie Stick Can't Do That
by Timothy Bettelli, J.D.
February 16, 2016
A couple weeks ago, my wife bought me a selfie stick. I have seen people use these things everywhere they go. From one perspective it seems like a really useful tool, especially when you don't have anyone to take a picture for you. On the other hand it also seems weird to me.
I feel like it's kind of strange because the whole point of a selfie stick is to take pictures of yourself.
I hope my wife doesn't think that I like to take pictures of myself, or that I'm so narcissistic and conceded that I want to see myself plastered all over Facebook and Instagram.
The truth is, the selfie stick is a perfect example of the culture we live in today. Our culture is ruled by the idea of "self." We develop new technology every day with the intent of producing things that will allow each of us to do more and more and more by ourselves. Our tablets, phones, computers all make our tasks easier to get done alone. But no matter how much our culture tries to make our lives self-sustaining, we will never truly be able to connect with God on our own. Galatians 3:11 tells us that it's evident that no one can be justified by the law for the righteous shall live by faith. In other words, we will never be able to earn or work our way to God on our own. To truly know God one must have faith. Galatians 3:26-27 goes on to say, "for in Christ Jesus you're all sons of God, through faith." You see it was Jesus who earned our redemption to God.
I have asked countless students the old EE question: "If you were to die today, and you stood before the gates of heaven and Christ asked, 'Why should I let you into heaven?' what would you say?" Students have said things like, "I've been a really good person," "I've never done anything that bad to deserve to go down there," "I make people laugh," and "I think I've earned my ticket."
No matter how much you accomplish, or how smart you are, or how much money you have, you can't know God without knowing Jesus. Why? because it is the work of Jesus that secures our salvation (2 Cor. 5:21), not your work, not Buddha's work, not Muhammed's work, but Christ's and Christ's alone. Scripture makes it clear that without Christ's perfect obeidence being imputed to his children, we cannot be reconciled to our Creator.