Super Bowl 50 has come and gone. It was a great defensive football game which thrilled the real aficionados of the game and was boring to those who just want see touchdowns. As usual, there were private celebrations after every big play with either the offensive or defensive player drawing great attention to himself as if he won the game. This game also revealed that some who can celebrate their wins cannot handle their losses too well. Grown men drawing millions of dollars, pouting, whining and blaming others. This attitude has marked the biggest change in sports in my lifetime.
Years ago the winners were humble and losers accepted blame for their loss. In fact, Bud Wilkinson, the great coach of Oklahoma University said it this way: "Win with humility, lose with dignity." Cassius Clay, who changed his name to Muhammad Ali, became the first athlete to really run off at the mouth. Prior to that time, "show boating" was a no-no in any sport.
Psychology picked up the baton and started telling people that they should love themselves; look out for number one (#1;) learn to forgive yourself (as if we had to learn that!) All of a sudden a successful life consists of high self esteem, great love for ourselves and even a greater self image.
Then the weak theologians who could not preach a lick, in order to draw a crowd, began to tell people how good they were and how life could be a bed of roses, regardless of what kind of life you lived.
They even perverted scripture in an effort to prove self love.
"Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."
Jesus said there were two, ("...first...second...") not three. There is no commandment to love oneself, we all do a great job at that already. We are to love our neighbor as we 'already' love ourselves.
They erroneously proclaim that we are good because we are in God's image (Genesis 1:27.) Adam was in God’s image, but his descendants are not (Genesis 5:1-3.) Adam's sin marred that creation (Romans 5:12.) Genesis 6:6 does not say we are in God's image, only that man (Adam) was created in His image. Adam was good and went bad. Humanity begins bad.
When the young man came to Jesus (Matthew 19:17; Mark 10:18; Luke 18:19,) Jesus informed him that only God was good (obviously meaning that man is not good.)
Paul referred to man's status more than once:
"They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one." Romans 3:12
"For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not." Romans 7:18
"... for in nothing am I behind the very chiefest apostles, though I be nothing." 2 Corinthians 12:11
"For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself." Galatians 6:3
Put a couple of two year olds in the same room with one toy and see how they share. No one has ever had to teach their child to say the word "mine."
Let's look at what the Bible is very emphatic about.
"And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted." Matthew 23:12
"Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Philippians 2:3
"Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time." 1 Peter 5:6
Just like the Super Bowl athletes we love to draw attention to ourselves. The way we dress, our hair-dos, our jewelry (whether we wear it or have it inserted in us,) tattoos, our vehicle. Anything that will shout to the public "Look at me!"
We all claim to be our own man (or woman,) then we all dress alike!
Five (5) years from now you will not be able to name the MVP of Super Bowl 50. Who was the MVP five (5) years ago. Who was the NASCAR champion five (5) years ago...who won the Heisman...who was the heavyweight champion of the world...who won the World Series?
Now let me ask you this...who has been the greatest influence In your life? Who has helped you in the past five (5) years...ten (10) years...20 years?
With God, the way up is down on our knees!
Keep Looking Up!