Have you ever taken a selfie? Why?
Have you ever wondered why the candidates we have running for public office seem inordinately self-obsessed and corrupt? To learn the answer, we just have to consider why we took that selfie and who is voting for those candidates for public office.
Was it always this way? To some extent it was. Nevertheless, greedy, prideful people could not have created this nation. At one time Americans must have been more willing to consider each others welfare. Even when I was a child, we had a president who could utter these words.
The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it — and the glow from that fire can truly light the world. And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country. — John F. Kennedy
Now more than ever before our leaders compete for office with the most absurd promises. That’s because we see our country as our government, and we see our government as all about what it can do for us. And so it is we elect people who see their job as all about what our government can do for them.
In a Selfie Culture, the big picture is “ME”.
What does the Bible say that would apply to selfies?
The term selfie, which was the Oxford Dictionary’s 2013 word of the year, refers to a photo taken of oneself, usually with a camera phone, and posted on a social media site. Selfies can range from silly “duck-faced” snapshots to pornographic videos. A “selfie culture” is one in which people take a lot of selfies, of course. But, for the purposes of this article, we will further define a selfie culture as a widespread obsession with self-expression, self-esteem, and self-promotion, evidenced by the proliferation of self-portraits on social media. The Bible was written before the advent of camera phones, but God’s Word still has plenty to say about one’s view of self.
While there is nothing inherently wrong with taking a selfie and sharing it with others, selfie culture, as defined above, is steeped in narcissism. Need yourself…
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