Regarding Celebrities & Living Little: A Lent to Repent & Live in the Galaxy of Jesus
M y mother lives round the corner from a graveyard, and when I generate by in the falling white of a winter night, I look at headstones in snowfall and it’s true:
Celebrity or even saint, scoundrel or steward, there’s a plot of dirt waiting for us all likewise . Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, is the way of most of us.
On a Wednesday in February, the Wednesday where all of us bow and humbly put on our mortality with a smudge of soot, I think from the Body of Christ harming in all the ways, as I decide our Lenten Wreath. Set out the carved wooden shape of Jesus who transported the weight of the cross, the entire aching span of history, on His back.
Honestly, to the Shrove Sunday before Ash Wednesday, I leaned up against the window sill and wept, sick of the cult associated with personality, sick of supremacy (of anybody over anyone), sick of celeb, sick of sin, sick of hypocrisy, sick of me. I am the very chief among sinners, the one who says with Chesterton: “What’s incorrect with the world? Dear World, I am. ”
Sitting at the frayed edge of a Lent in a hurting world, getting ready to repent and follow Jesus, the Antithetical Celebrity, with the next 40 days, towards an altar to give up all, I reach over and pick up that cruciform figure of cruciform Jesus and I just keep returning to what this last year has ignited within me:
I no longer just believe in Jesus, I live in Christ and He is not some optionally available addendum to my life yet my only atmosphere to stay alive and am repent of all the days of residing in the Universe of Self, instead of living in the Universe of Christ. If you exit the Universe of Personal to live in the Universe of Christ where Jesus is the every breath, you never cease saying it with each breath:
Don’t follow me.
Don’t follow anybody however the Perfect One who had to undertake a body.
Don’t follow anybody made of skin, because flesh will fall short & fall.
Follow Jesus alone, who alone can save.
And all of us have a responsibility to not build any pedestals. ”
When the chapel exits the Universe associated with Self to live in the Galaxy of Christ, we repent of our idols and the celebrities, repent of our ways that are Babel’s ways, repent of our addiction to pedestals plus golden calfs and grind them all down to dust because we know that which we are made of.
All celebrity has a responsibility in order to tear down pedestals,
And all sorts of us have a responsibility to not build any pedestals.
All of us: Tear down our pedestals with daily transparency and vulnerability, lest we drop with pride. We limp bruised. All of us keep turning, and turning around, turning and repenting from the Universe of Self and Celebrity, to turn towards the Universe of Christ that operates with an entirely counter-mentality:
Celebrity has platforms to grow brands, Christianity has altars to come and die.
Celebrity seeks visibility. Christianity seeks self-invisiblity therefore only Christ is visible even though everything.
Celebrity increases to be untouchable. Christianity kneels low to pour to those mistreated as untouchables.
Celebrity may have all the azure checks, but someday we will all tremble and endure before God for a personality check, and the only hope for any of us will be the Scarlet Sophistication of Christ.
We, the church, repent of raising up famous people instead of celebrating in our Maker who made all equally in the image of God.
We turn from your idolizing ways to care more about the marginalized and poverty-stricken and the sacrificing ways of The almighty.
We, the church, repent of the way we have performed church instead of humbly being the church.
All of us turn from our dependence on microphones and big lights to share the message, and turn towards serving in micro methods and being the light, simply by sharing all that we have so that our very lives end up being the stronger message.
We, the church, repent: Personal sin never stays individual; personal sin grows into horizontal cancer. That only shrinks when it’s brought to the Light, and stay in the Light, breath in the Light, live in the Light.
We repent: The root of all kinds of evil in the world is entitlement in our hearts.
We repent : Never let any hypocrisy of a leader hinder all of your intimacy with God.
All of us repent in sack fabric and ashes, turn to see God raise beauty through even these ashes.
On the cusp of Lent, we turn and return again towards the season where a year back, the world came face to face with all the pandemic of COVID. And maybe a limping year later, we enter this Given walking more of the humble Way of Jesus:
Mega church has become micro church, microphones and systems have given way to micro-communities that are spiritually formational and, in these strange days are we progressively more of what Jesus provides always modeled:
Small is the true great. Local is where it’s at. Micro ministry reaps macro growth. Local and small is the best of all. Because: Ministry is not about going big or go home. In ministry — going big can blow up your home in Christ.
All of us repent: Traveling itineraries with little liability can lead to great misery. Go Big at the peril of your own soul. The Jesus Way of Ministry transforms to walk another way: Go small to Go Home.
Just go through the Way of Jesus.
This is why we repent and turn into, to turn and look to the Method of Jesus, to the face of Jesus.
We all bow and bend plus enter Lent and whisper:
Ashes to ashes, dust to dust, we live in the Universe of Jesus, where the hand of God sculpts bits of soil into spirits, where the breath of The almighty kisses dust to life, exactly where we do more than believe in Jesus, we breathe in Jesus, we all live in Jesus.
There are headstones within graveyards round the corner. But we repent and keep firm with Jesus, through our days, through Lent, through to the end, more than only believing in Him, but actually living in Your pet, in the Universe of Christ — where even dust can resurrect.
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