My wife said it this morning, and it resonated with me immediately. We were watching another Today Show story about a celebrity and his much-retweeted “selfie,” and my wife said, “Selfie! Could there be any more descriptive word for the culture right now?” (I KNEW I love that woman!)
Anyway…if you’ve been hiding under a rock somewhere…missed the Oscars on TV…or, simply don’t care about pop culture, a “selfie” is a photo you take of yourself with other people, or in some well-known location, or doing something you’re sure is interesting to EVERYONE! I’ve take ONE “selfie” in my life—at “Harvest America”—and only because the MC told me to.
What my wife was alluding to, however, is spot on. Partly because of social media, and largely due to sheer narcissism, millions of Americans are convinced that the world breathlessly awaits an update on WHAT I’M DOING RIGHT NOW! It’s the very sort of navel-gazing that prompts theologian David F. Wells to write in his latest book, God in the Whirlwind, that our self-perceived uniqueness inclines us to “each have his own perspective on life and its meaning…none of it framed by absolute norms.” God says the same thing, essentially, in the book of Judges, “at a time when Israel had no king,” and “all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes.”
Christians, we have a king! His Name is Jesus, and He gives us clear marching orders: Love God, and love others and much as you love yourself. If you’re faithfully loving the Lord and your neighbor, you probably won’t have time to obsess about your…“selfie.” :)