Friday, November 20, 2009

All that Jazz...


Saw Chicago (the musical) last night. Good times.
Great music... some provocative ideas to be sure - but a fantastic parody on the shortcomings of the legal system and celebrity culture. It got me to thinking... the reality of celebrity culture eats away at equality and fair-play... most of us buy into the myth that WE are the exception - not anyone else. We are fine when we are getting special treatment but cry 'foul' when someone else receives a hand. In the end, it boils down to our sinful nature. We are inherently selfish- the only way to deal with it and the reality that makes 'un-grace' a constant companion in our culture is to repent (change our MIND, and the direction of our lives) and ask Jesus to make us new. He can. His life was a celebration of making ordinary people special - it was an extravagant display of grace... he poured it out - even on me. The last post (by U2) is a lyrical reminder of what Love has done to us, the world... opening our smallness to His greatness... giving us a way into the humungous nature of God's love...
I'm going to try and practise Grace like that today - I'm going to defy celebrity culture and recognize the divine calling of EVERY person, I'm going to try to celebrate the possible and advocate for those who have been forgotten - and, all. that. Jazz...