“You are in a chair in the sky!” | Beholding God

Louis CK has a classic bit (fyi: bleeped cuss word 2:19) where he dramatically points out how amazing the world is but that no one recognizes it. He complains, “We live in an amazing, amazing world and it’s wasted on the crappiest generation of just spoiled idiots that don’t care.” The highlight for me comes at 2:38 when he dissects a typical passenger’s complaints about flying. He responds by asking rhetorically, “Oh really, what happened next? Did you fly through the air incredibly, like a bird? Did you take part in the miracle of flight, you non-contributing zero?” He sums up his point emphatically, “You’re in a chair in the sky!”

Is Louis CK accurate? Have we lost our ability to stand in awe and wonder? Do we call the amazing “typical” and the profound “simple”? 

Consider this as you scroll through your news feed:

    • Have you ever complained to yourself when a video was more than a minute long? Has it caused you to click away from it?
    • Did you abandon opening up a picture or file because the spinning rainbow wheel or hourglass appeared?
    • Have you found an article blurb interesting but cancelled out when asked to take one more step and connect that app to your account?
    • Have you been impressed by a picture enough to pause and actually discontinue scrolling through your feed, but then failed to thank the person who brightened your day with it, or possibly trace it all the way back to the originator/creator/artist to thank them?

I do these things.

And, if this is how I am responding to the “small-c” creators of the day, how I am I responding to the “capital-C” Creator of history? Am I as casual (or calloused!?) with God? Do I miss him in the amazingness of life? Have I lost the ability to stand in awe of him and what he is doing?

In Isaiah 40:9 the people of God are told to climb a high mountain and shout, “Behold your God!”

I guess that’s what this is. I say it as much for myself as for anyone that might read this. It’s why I put together these primers – Sunday morning and workday. It’s why I keep preaching this message – BEHOLD YOUR GOD – to myself.

There’s a song that reads, “Let us stand and sing and wonder, let us praise the Savior’s name.” I see the first line of standing, singing, and wondering, as a way by which we can praise the Savior’s name. I guess that’s why I see this whole idea as so crucial to my life.

What about you?

QUESTIONS

  1. Is there anything within this post that resonate with you, whether from Louis CK’s comments, his clip from Conan, the news feed responses, or the passage from Isaiah? Would you be willing to share?
  2. Do you think that Louis CK’s criticism of this generation is accurate? Would you say that it is also an accurate portrayal of the Christian community?
  3. Have you recently been blessed by pausing and standing in awe of God? Would you share and encourage others with that?

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3 Responses to “You are in a chair in the sky!” | Beholding God

  1. Joey

    It sounds to me like the ultimate question here is, “Has technology (and the massive amount of information overload that comes with it) made us less appreciative of beauty, grandeur, and anything truly awesome?”

    I think the short answer is no. When we see beauty, we still respond to it. We pin it to Pinterest, share it with friends on Twitter or Facebook, or send a great story via email. I’ve seen more of the world through the web than I ever could see in person.

    But of course, there’s so much information!! And much of it is not worth our time. So I think we’ve learned to skim more than perhaps we used to. We attempt to filter out things that aren’t as worthy of our time.

    It’s also possible that due to the amount of information, even after all of the filtering, we’re still left with a huge volume of really high-quality content. And you can’t stop and pause to contemplate each one, to read each one, view each one, share each one with friends, or thank the creator of each one. In this sense, it may appear we aren’t as appreciative as we once were, and perhaps there’s some truth to that.

    I love this bit from Louis CK, but what I think he’s getting at is the lack of perspective many of us have that leads us to complain. That’s something we’ve had for centuries. We always want bigger, better, faster. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t keep innovating and creating new, more useful things. The fact that we used to have an internet upload speed of 1 Mbps and now have 20 Mbps upload speed today doesn’t mean we shouldn’t push for a 100 Mbps speed. That doesn’t mean we should complain when we have to settle for 7 Mbps in a cafeteria, but when your job depends on the higher speed you’ve become accustomed to (and have apps designed to run on), frustration is understandable.

    • Cor

      One of the things I always appreciate about your comments is the perspective that you bring forth. Thanks, Joey!

  2. Billy Sveen

    I find that our culture, myself included, is tragically underwhelmed with the magnificence of technology, science, and world as a whole. As a medical student, I have a front row seat to view the dramatic biology that God created to go on within our own bodies. I often find myself wondering and contemplating the complexity of nature and end up just being in awe of God. But tomorrow I have a test on pharmacology, and I found myself begrudgingly memorizing hundreds of drug characteristics while neglecting to comprehend that God created every cell in the body with hundreds of different types of receptors for these complex drugs to act on. And we have 3 trillion cells. And somehow I can think and eat and walk. It’s crazy. And I need to think about it more often. Thanks for the reminder.

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