Last week Lindsay Lohan was sentenced to 90 days in jail for violating probation. Did you catch her secret message? And this week we were all saddened as the darker side of Mel Gibson surfaced once again, on tapes recorded by his ex-girlfriend. But I guess this is what we’ve come to expect. Such is life in our modern-day Babylon.
Celebrities often think they can get away with anything from abusive behavior to an F-word sketched on fingernail polish in court. By their actions they say “I am, and there is no one besides me.” But it’s not just celebrities.
We sit in judgment behind our TV and computer screens, from behind the pages of People magazine. We judge both appearance and behavior as if from a heavenly throne, as if we’re God. And yet our own secrets enslave us again and again.
It’s hard to imagine anything different, but there is something different available.
The anti-Babylon is a place where:
1) Secrets are revealed not by the National Enquirer, but by hearts being set free from shame and enslavement.
2) Humility rather than pride guides our actions, and our responses to those around us who suffer.
3) We see all people – famous and marginalized alike—through the eyes of love, with compassion and hope.
4) We neither falsely elevate nor condemn ourselves and others, for we will be able to see clearly.
5) We don’t need celebrities to feel good about ourselves, and where celebrities are free to fight their battles without our constant judgment.
6) God will fill the holes in our heart with His love and will redeem our darkness with His light.
“The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!” Mark 1:15