Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Everyone Worships . . . But Whom?

Robert Sarver, owner of the NBA Phoenix Suns, recently made some overgeneralized statements regarding "millenials" and how social media has effected them.  He has received much criticism from, guess who, the sports media which has benefited greatly from the escalation of social media over the past few years . . . hmmmmmm.  But is there some truth to this part of his quote: "But the other thing is, I’m not a fan of social media. I tell my kids it’s like Fantasy Land. The only thing people put online are good things that happen to them, or things they make up. And it creates unrealistic expectations."?

To be sure, you're asking for criticism when you make sweeping judgements and when you're a rich person that is already viewed as someone who is out of touch with the real world.  Yet, where do the rest of us (meaning those who are NOT filthy rich or even somewhat rich like professional athletes) get our reality from?  One finds out rather quickly on trending search engine sites, news sites, or sports sites what the "real world" wants to pan off as reality (see huffingtonpost.com, sports.yahoo.com., or bing.com for examples, which I just did and promptly wasted 15 minutes that I'll never get back :-{).

Webster's 1828 Dictionary (arguably, the purist dictionary around), gives the following as the first two definitions of REALITY:

1. Actual being or existence of any thing; truth; fact; in distinction from mere appearance.

2. Something intrinsically important, not merely matter of show.

It takes research, personal knowledge, or insider information to get to the reality behind what the public sees and perceives about anybody.  All of these things take time and desire, which leads me to one final quote, from Bob Dylan: It may be the devil, or it may be the Lord, but you're gonna have to serve somebody.

When I spend my time pursuing MY reality, whether it's my job, my favorite team, my next paycheck, or even my family, I am deciding whom, or what, I worship.

When I spend very little (if any) time understanding and pursuing the BIG PICTURE reality of who made this world, who runs it, who owns it, and who is really in charge, I am choosing to ignore REAL reality and choosing to serve MY reality.

In response to Sarver, some ESPN personalities have argued that "millenials" are actually more aware of the world than any other generation because of social media.  What world are they more aware of, though?

The determining factor of how well people handle social media (millenials or not) has more to do with their grasp on REAL reality than their age.  So, I would submit that you make a point of knowing your Creator, the only God, the God of the Bible, the Author or REAL reality.  Yet, you can do what you want, "But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served . . . or the gods . . . in whose land you are living.  But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD." (Joshua 24:15 from The Holy Bible).

Who do you choose this day?  How will you serve?