Tom Shetler, a teacher at BCOM, the author of Can We Know, and the writer of the post Creation vs. Evolution, has again contributed to the blog. Speaking with Mr. Shetler personally revealed to me his love for knowledge. He studies in order to obtain knowledge, but knowledge isn’t the end goal, it’s merely an avenue to direct us to God, the one who knows all. Thank you, Mr. Shetler.
Just a few weeks ago the tragic life of the heiress to the Johnson & Johnson fortune ended at the age of 30. Casey Johnson stands as a symbol of Jesus’ words, “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world; and loses his own soul?” (Matt. 16:26) She knew unimaginable wealth and luxury, yet her life was filled with sadness and tragedy.
Just before Jesus spoke these words, he told us, “For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” (Matt. 16:25) The tragedy of Casey Johnson is that in her pursuit of life and happiness she found only disappointment. Her heroine was Marilyn Monroe, and like Marilyn her story included failed relationships, drug abuse, and a shortened life. We can only weep for her and pray for her adopted daughter and the rest of her family.
It seems to me that the darkness in Casey’s life is a reflection of the darkness that fills our culture. In many ways, she is a victim of the hedonistic, nihilistic drift of American society. So, what can we do about this sorry condition? It requires us who know Jesus to first of all be sure that we take His words seriously and have “lost” our lives in His great purposes and in our pursuit of Him. We need, as well, to demonstrate by our choices and lifestyle that we serve a different master than the love of money or the pursuit of selfish pleasure. As we let our light shine in just these ways, who knows but we might be used to rescue some lost soul from this terrible and present darkness.