“Wherever the corpse is, there the vultures will gather.”
Wow. Could anything describe our celebrity culture more accurately?
In the United States today, we have an abundance of celebrities and politicians. And there are even more people ‘descending’, if you will, to wallow in every cultural event.
You can’t get through the checkout lane at Walmart or view TV for 30 seconds without seeing the ‘corpse’ of a celebrity stunt, or a politician’s foible, and the ‘vultures’ already gathering around it.
If a celebrity makes a mistake at 2 pm, media coverage of the event starts at 1 pm.
Here’s an example of a recent ‘carcass': Marco Rubio reached awkwardly for water during his recent State of the Union Address rebuttal. Millions of ‘vultures’ descended on that one in the space of 24 hours, and it didn’t better the lives of anyone or further the discussion of anything substantial.
The clip of Marco Rubio was played hundreds of times on cable news, and he was ridiculed many times in comedy segments.
What’s the point? If you think this kind of thing is funny, you need to wipe the filthy corpse of ridicule off of your lips and learn to direct your energy toward things more noble. If you don’t like Marco Rubio’s policies or vision for America, address the issue directly. If you do like him, why would you treat him this way? Would you make fun of a family member reaching awkwardly for a water bottle during a speech?
I would prefer to eat fresh vegetation or cooked meat than join this crowd of vultures. Rotting meat may taste good going down, but it leaves us hungry and wanting for more. If you live your life waiting for celebrities to fail or succeed, you are eating rotting meat; there is no substance. Real food is your work and passion in your own life, and matters of importance, like reforming government or reducing the deficit.
Can you guess where the quote about the vultures originated? Lord Jesus Christ, in Matthew 24:28, ESV.
Just a few verses earlier, in Matthew 24:24 – “For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.”
Are you a Christian? If you are, who or what do you worship? Do you worship God? Or do you feast on the filth of a celebrity culture?
We all struggle with our attention spans, we all sin, and we all make mistakes and get distracted from our goals. But I challenge you to look up, to your God, and forward, to your future, instead of just to the latest sound byte or political stunt.