Caution: Giant Egos Ahead July 6, 2012
Posted by #4 in Everything but the kitchen sink, It's called Sin.
Tags: C.S. Lewis, Fox news, God, Morgan Freeman, Pride
I love movies. I probably love them too much so I consider this part of my personality a flaw because movies, when we get right down to it, don’t really do anything at all to improve our lives and they can do a great deal to mess them up; apparently that also includes the people who act in movies. I find that when I watch movies or favorite TV shows, I’m not doing anything else. I’m not providing for my family, I’m not doing anything to stay physically healthy, I’m not being productive in any way and I’m certainly not helping anyone who might need help. I’m really just wasting time. That’s how movies don’t improve my life.
But have you ever noticed what the movies do to the people who act in them? Here is one example:
A celebrity interview piece on the Fox news website featured Morgan Freeman and it was titled. . .
The interview doesn’t go anywhere near explaining why Mr. Freeman believes this, it really just points it out.
Fox411: Do you think there is a God?
MF: Do I think there’s a God? Um (pause) yeah.
Fox411: You paused.
MF: I paused because I am God.
Fox411: Because every man is created in God’s image.
MF: Yes or God’s created in my image.
I like Morgan Freeman as an actor. I have enjoyed many of his movies. But that is where my favor towards him stops, because someone making a statement like that is a complete loon. That short blip in the interview tells me that Mr. Freeman is someone with an ego so huge there is literally no room left for anyone else in the room and he stopped living in reality a loooooong time ago. When I was a kid we would say about such people, “their elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top”, “lights on – nobody’s home”, “he’s a few fries short of a Happy Meal”, or “his bread isn’t quite done” (feel free to include your favorite metaphor).
Far from being funny it really is tragic. Because the truth of the matter is Mr. Freeman has the ideal opportunity to give credit where credit is due – to the one who gave him his acting talent – but he instead is squandering that opportunity for self-promotion and ego stroking.
Only mankind places value on talents and skills for self-promotion because God, who gave each person whatever talent they have, certainly doesn’t place any value on it at all except for how it can be used for God. Why is this important? Why shouldn’t someone with great talent be able to boast about it? Because it leads to pride.
About Pride, C.S. Lewis wrote: “Pride leads to every other vice: it is the anti-God state of mind.” Lewis also wrote of pride, ” The Christians are right: it is Pride which has been the chief misery in every nation and every family since the world began . . . For Pride is spiritual cancer: it eats up the very possibility of love, or contentment, or even common sense.”
We’ve all been subjected to people who have an inflated sense of their own self-worth; they are irritating, boring, hard to talk to and not worth one dime of their own prattle. The people who are the most enjoyable to be around are those who love others more than themselves; they are always happy, eager to serve / help, have pleasant personalities and love to have fun because they are not on the hunt for someone to stroke their ego. Is it any wonder the Lord told us to treat others like we want to be treated? I don’t see Mr. Freeman, or any other A-list actor following that advice. Maybe I’m wrong (but I doubt it).
God hates pride and arrogance; see Proverbs 8:13. It is a person who is full of pride who will not repent, will not yield and therefore is of no use to God. He has a place set aside for those who won’t repent.
It always grieves me to see and hear people lost in their own ego because I know how it will end for them if they don’t repent and turn to God. How could having so much in this life cause someone to ignore and destroy their hope for eternity? Why is treasure here on earth more tantalizing than storing up treasure in heaven, especially when our lives here on earth are so short?
Pride is a horrible thing. I pray you never let it get the best of you.