“Today value is increasingly measured by publicity, not privacy, and we are losing sight of the truth that genuine intimacy requires secrecy.
This cultural desire to be seen makes us approve Jesus’ call to, ‘Let your light shine before others’…
…but we forget that in the same sermon Jesus said, ‘Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them.’~ Skye Jethani
“The temptation of the devil was (and is) this: ‘Don’t risk yourself on God. Trust your own instincts. Live from within yourself. You need to take control, because you cannot trust God.’
Adam fell for this temptation. As a result, we are now born bent in on ourselves. It feels normal to rest our hopes on ourselves.
We create whole cultures to reinforce our idealized theories about ourselves.”~ Ray Ortlund
“The fear of living an insignificant life resonates with many of us, but in our exhibitionist culture we’ve been formed to believe that significance comes from being noticed.
This explains both our culture’s deification of celebrities and disregard for the unborn.
Celebrities are valued merely because they are seen by millions, while unborn babies are unvalued because they haven’t yet been seen by anyone.
Our culture has embraced the cliche that out of sight really is out of mind.”~ Skye Jethani
“In our society, the only value an object has is the value I give it. A commodity exists to satisfy my desire and supply my needs—nothing more.
Because consumerism has formed us to engage both goods and people this way, it should surprise no one that in our culture God also has no value apart from what He can do for me.”~ Skye Jethani
“Sadly, as our culture’s capacity to engage and maintain meaningful relationships has deteriorated, we have seen a rise in popularity-based rather than proximity-based authority.
And the same trend is evident within the church.
Just because someone has a large platform or ministry, or has sold millions of books, doesn’t mean we should automatically grant them authority over our life, faith, or congregation.
As many entertainers, politicians, and church leaders have proven, it is possible to build a large platform and yet lack the character or competency to faithfully wield it.”~ Skye Jethani