on walter white, kim kardashian, and grace.

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When it comes to TV, I like an assortment of shows.  I’ve noticed certain shows that I watch often garner a specific and anticipated reaction.  The Kardashians: “Oh they’re horrible!  Terrible people!”  Game of Thrones “Wait, Game of Thrones, the one with boobs and dragons?”  Well, yeah.  Breaking Bad: “I couldn’t like a show like that.”

The reason I am drawn to these shows in particular is because I am fascinated by the human capacity for sin.  For lust, violence, and downright evil.  (The mountain and the viper has clear David and Goliath undertones)

Come with me down this rabbit trail.  Growing up I was too “Susy Youth Group” for public school and just never holy enough for Youth Group.  I didn’t know that the tribe of Benjamin was the least of the tribes of Israel.  I didn’t have tabs on my bible.  I kept it too real.  I never hid my real (crappy) self enough.  Same goes for public school.  I never drank, I rarely cursed (and I was really missing out dammit!)  I didn’t understand any of the sexual innuendoes.  I was mean, but I thought I was “good.”  I didn’t have sex with my boyfriend.  I went to college.  I never got a speeding ticket. Oh man, did I follow the rules, but I was judgmental and harsh.  Instead of loving my brother I alienated him for years.

But I’m not good, I finally figured that out.  Marriage helped highlight that a lot.  Oh, I’m not good.  I’m a sinner saved by Grace.  But for the grace of God I am not Kim Kardashian.  But for the grace of God I didn’t get pregnant in high school.  But for the grace of God I didn’t give into sin little by little until I became the Machevellian overlord of a crystal meth empire.  (I can only be serious for so long people)  But do you hear what I’m saying?  Don’t you get it?  God pulled you out of the pit.  God showered you with love.  God imputed his perfect reputation onto you so that you are perfect in His sight.  You are not perfect, you are far from it.  David killed a guy.  Abraham gave his wife up to the Egyptians.  Peter denied Jesus.  Just because we know and love Jesus doesn’t render us incapable of unspeakable things. But for the grace of God.

So maybe instead of condemning the Kardashians you could look upon them and say “That could be me.”  You could understand the seduction of delicious designer handbags and international notoriety.  You could treat them like the people they are, the people you could be.

I shall end my diatribe with a hailstorm of quotes by smarter people than I.

“The human heart has an unlimited capacity to hide the truth from itself, if it’s too painful.”  Tim Keller

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick”  Jeremiah 17:9

“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain”  1 Corinthians 15:10

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”  Ephesians 2:8-9

 

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2 thoughts on “on walter white, kim kardashian, and grace.

  1. So. This is my devotion for today. Now I have to wade through Numbers in my Bible reading plan.

    That Tim Keller quote is right on. Maybe that’s why the Israelites could sin with the Shekinah glory right in their midst. And why they complained about manna. Not because they didn’t have the Holy Spirit but because every inclination of the human heart is sinful and we have a huge capacity to lie to ourselves.

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