Thursday, October 4, 2007
"The only difference between men and boys is the price tag of their toys." It's a famous and witty quote, but, nonetheless, there is much truth in this statement. When I was growing up (well, even now as I realize it as God's grace convicts me) I did a lot of things for the idol or toy of personal popularity. I have done a lot of things, not to serve God, but rather to serve myself and my basic carnal desire for personal popularity. The desire to be accepted by this world for the sake of personal popularity no matter what the price tag is is one of the most repulsive displays of abusing a person's integrity and intellect possible. For me, during most of my life, the price tag has been "conforming to this world" regardless of the harm it inflicts on others or myself. Anyone who has basic Bible knowledge knows that this is not what God desires. God says, "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." (Rom 12:2) So the desire to be popular at the expense of conforming to this world (which is selfishly motived and self-seeking) and doing God's will (which involves loving your neighbor as yourself and loving God) are at odds with each other. There is no way they can go together. There can be no agreement between the two. Think about that for a second...
Thank God the truth is that "without faith it is impossible to please Him because those who come to Him must believe that God is and He is a rewarder of those that dilligently seek Him" and it is not that "without popularity it is impossible to please Him because those come to Him must believe that He contradicts Himself and He is a rewarder of those that claim to seek Him but, instead, set up their treasure upon the 'solid rock' of praise among men."
Recently, R.C. Sproul posted a lecture he gave about the dangers in conforming to this world for personal popularity's sake and what exactly that means. I greatly encourage you to give the 27 minutes necessary to watch this. The link is below: