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Monday, November 9, 2020

Selfie Nation

A POLITICO report included an anecdote about a voter who reported beginning Election Day intending to vote for President Trump, and changed his mind in the voting booth.

His reason: “I just want my Instagram to be about me again, and how good I look.”

Two Scriptures come to mind.

“The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes” (Proverbs 21:1).

For a nation founded on the theme of No King But God, the People, and voters like this, are considered those whose hearts would be turned in whatever way He wishes. For those who feel they lack faith to move mountains, perhaps seeking God to turn the hearts of voters in the future may not be as heavy a lift as one might expect.

On the flip side, as trivial as this vote reason may sound, there is a much deeper issue at hold.

“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power” (2 Timothy 3:1-5).

Our culture celebrates love of self. We have a nickname for one of its most prolific forms: the selfie.

The Word of God has a different name for them: idols.

“Those who make them are like them; So is everyone who trusts in them” (Psalm 115:8). That is, those who ascribe worth to images, the work of men's hands—“They have mouths, but they do not speak; Eyes they have, but they do not see; They have ears, but they do not hear; Noses they have, but they do not smell; They have hands, but they do not handle; Feet they have, but they do not walk”—those who make them become like them: no sense, lifeless, dead.

People have fallen to their deaths taking selfies.

Will our nation?

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