The singular testimony of all human history points to this incontrovertible fact – we are made to worship something. It's unavoidable, inescapable, and inevitable that every human being will deify something to bring meaning and give purpose to their existence.
And usually, that "something" comes down to the choice between two options: God or self. The fruits that come from that decision are easily distinguishable.
Take the recent Golden Globe acceptance speech delivered by Hollywood actress Michelle Williams. After winning a Best Actress award, Williams took to the stage and broke host Ricky Gervais's hilariously prescient call for no political speeches, all so she could drop what CNN called a "powerful speech about choice." Here's what she said:
"I've tried my very best to live a life of my own making, and not just a series of events that happened to me. But one that I could stand back and look at and recognize my handwriting all over. Sometimes messy and scrawling, sometimes careful and precise. But one that I had carved with my own hand. And I wouldn't have been able to do this without employing a woman's right to choose…So, women 18 to 118, when it is time to vote please do so in your self-interest."
It doesn't take a Rhodes Scholar to deduce who Michelle Williams worships:
- "A life of my own making"
- "My handwriting all over"
- "I carved"
- "My own hand"
And of course, Williams is making the not-so-veiled admission that she previously had the tiny bodies of her own son and/or daughter dismembered in order to facilitate her own professional career. The god of self is a jealous god indeed.
By contrast, another perhaps lesser known star has been in the news recently, offering a completely different perspective. Leah Darrow, a former contestant on America's Next Top Model, took to her social media account while at the hospital preparing to deliver her 5th baby:
"New life never keeps us from our dreams. One of the cruelest lies that the Devil tells women is that we aren't brave or strong enough to do what God invites us into when we bring life into the world. New life is always a gift. And I'm humbled that I get to receive this new life AND live out the *abundant* life the Lord created me for."
Scripture counsels that out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. Notice what fills Darrow's heart:
- "God invites"
- "Always a gift"
- "Get to receive"
- "Life the Lord created for me"
It's a cruel irony that so many worldly people reject the path of Christianity because of what they perceive as the cost of surrendering to Jesus. The joyous smile of Leah Darrow as she holds another of Christ's most precious gifts in her hands, contrasted with the embittered declarations of Michelle Williams as she clutches a cold, lifeless statue in her own, tells a different story entirely.
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