I was looking through some boxes in the basement when I came across an old video camera. Do you remember those? They actually had tapes you put inside of them in order to record something. My grandpa used to video tape all of our family events and then we would need a special adapter to watch them in the VCR. Having the camera took effort and planning. We then moved on to the digital camera, which was more convenient to use, but still involved extra steps to take the video and upload it to a computer. Oh, the good ole’ days!
Now we have instant access to video because most of us carry a camera at all times in our smartphones. Things like Facebook live makes it possible for anyone to stream what they are doing at any given moment with almost instant feedback. This only feeds into the narcissistic society we live in today. The cry of the world today is “look at me!”
The Bible talks about how people will be lovers of themselves even more so as time passes. It says that in the last days people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud…..and the list goes on. (see 2 Timothy 3:2-3) This creates a problem for the church of Jesus Christ because we are called to love people bringing glory to Him, not us. Except our flesh says “look at me!” That means we need to be very careful about our motives for the things we do. Are we demonstrating kindness because people are watching or are we doing it because we love Jesus Christ? Are we reaching into our community because we love people or because we want to feel like we are doing something?
What our communities really need are people who are the Church. That is what brings glory to Christ. We are the Church no matter where we are or what we are doing. That means that whether the camera is on or not, be the Church. Love the poor, broken, and lonely. Pray for people. Pray with people. Share about the hope you have. Be kind to people. Involve yourself in the workings of the local community and be a witness for Jesus there. Feed the hungry. Visit the sick. Care for the widow. Make the community a better place because the church of Jesus Christ is there! This is what being the church is all about and it has nothing to do with whether the camera is on or not. People are watching anyway. Let’s bring honor to the name of Jesus today!