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?
- 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?
- 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?
- Have you recently been blessed by pausing and standing in awe of God? Would you share and encourage others with that?