By Guy Anthony
September 3, 2020
Passages of the day: Click HERE to read today’s passages.
2 Corinthians 6:14-7:7
Mark David Chapman was just a regular Beatles fan whose hero worship morphed into madness and led to the murder of John Lennon in 1980.
Who do you put on a pedestal – a current Tiktok star, Stephen Curry, Taylor Swift or Tim Cook? We tell ourselves they are role models that we wish to emulate, but how much of our thinking is about envying their fame while being discontented with our own circumstances? In either case, paying attention to them is simply a variation of what the writer of today’s Proverb passage means by “showering gifts on the rich”. Doing so will ultimately “end in poverty” for us, as Chapman found out first hand.
Hero worship is a special case of the larger theme we see in today’s passages: the vanity of wealth and honor that can only be remedied by the fear of God. We see that this vanity is not a victimless crime—it leads to “oppression of the poor and the violation of justice and righteousness” (Ecc. 5:8). Neither is it a solitary crime—Paul describes being unequally yoked as a “partnership….with lawlessness” (1 Cor. 6:14). If I am honest, I have been most drawn to being unequally yoked when wealth and honor beckoned most strongly.
The fear of God – can it really be the remedy? Today’s Psalms passage exclaims, “For the Lord, Most High, is to be feared” (Ps 47:2) and goes on to celebrate God’s power, wisdom and sovereignty. He is the one and only Hero we are to worship.
But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus...
— 2 Corinthians 7:6
Prayer to start with: Father we praise you for creating us in your image, for saving and sanctifying us and for blessing us in so many ways. Keep our eyes on You as the Hero of our lives. Amen