If you haven’t already, let me encourage you to read the previous 4 parts below…this is part 5 of 6 (there are a couple of other posts mixed in).

The reason Nascar and reality TV are so popular is that if you watch long enough you are bound to see a horrendous crash – weather metal is flying or people’s emotions are colliding the part of us that is attracted to disaster will be temporarily satisfied. Even at least 50% of our news isn’t really important information.  It is the story of human train-wrecks…and people love to see the carnage.

The question is, “Why are so many people crashing in the first place?” It’s not just celebrities, it is everywhere. Just list the names of people in your family and your friends and often times even yourself and you’ll see some serious collisions of an emotional, mental, spiritual, or even physical sort.
The Apostle James wrote, “Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”? But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:
‘God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble’” (James 4:4-6).

Note that when James is talking about being friends of the world he is not talking about individuals. He is talking about the world system that promotes selfishness, envy, and greed. We know Jesus Himself was touted as a friend of sinners – praise God! Our problems come when we naturally and foolishly buy in to the world’s system and agree with its goals, morals, and ethics.

C.S. Lewis wrote, “The more we get what we now call ‘ourselves’ out of the way and let God take us over, the more truly ourselves we become. The more I resist Him and try to live on my own, the more I become dominated by my own heredity and upbringing and surroundings and natural desires. In fact what I so proudly call ‘Myself’ becomes merely the meeting place for trains of events which I never started and which I cannot stop.”

In fact, what Lewis is saying is that left to ourselves and being ourselves, we are trainwrecks. We desperately need God, and our proper relation to Him is one of humility. (More on this cure of humility in the next post.)