Del Tackett

by Del Tackett


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7 Threats in Our Times: (#2) The Rise of Homo Deus and Meo Christianity

In the luxury of a culture where even the lower economic classes live like kings compared to the world’s poor, we have become immensely spoiled. We are lavished with bins overflowing with fresh fruit and vegetables in the dead of winter, aisles full of choice cut-meats, acres of shelves filled with more products than anyone could possibly want, stores with racks of clothes and shoes of every type and style and color, homes with heat in the winter and air conditioning in the summer, cars by the millions and transportation freedom to go anywhere and anytime we want. We have fast-service food everywhere and thousands of channels and entertainment of any kind 24/7 at the push of a button.

We pay thousands of dollars for a bicycle and the expensive tights. We pay almost as much for our tennis shoes. Like the kings of old with wise men and counsellors at their beckon, we have a waiting attendant named Alexa who grants us access to the store house of the world’s knowledge by simply commanding her to speak. Yesterday I raised my scepter and my demand was met with a delivery truck this afternoon. 

We are lavishly wealthy and spoiled.

In all of this, it is easy to believe it is all about me.

One of the first things that happens when a culture loses the larger story of God is that there is only one story left—mine. Couple this with the explosion of at-your-service entertainment and what’s-your-pleasure technology that incorporates sophisticated algorithms to tailor everything to your surfing wants and desires, and it isn’t hard to begin to think that the universe revolves around you.

It gets complicated after this, because just as Satan essentially whispered “it's all about you, Eve”, I am convinced we are fighting a demonic battle here as well. There are spiritual, material and worldview forces combining today to whisper the same in our ears every minute of every day.

And, just as Eve bought the lie and it led to devastating consequences, so, too, swallowing that lie will do the same to us individually and to our culture. The forces are gaining so much strength that we have raised “all about me” to the next satanic level: “you will be like God!

Increasingly, the human heart has become the voice of the human deity—homo deus. If I say I’m a girl, the world must now bow down to that as a divine proclamation. If I speak against it, I am guilty of blasphemy and I will be punished for it.

A father in Canada was recently arrested because he refused to use the personal pronouns demanded by his child, the school and the government. He is considered a blasphemer. 

We have been seduced by this for years with the “follow your heart” mantra that is founded upon the same sinister belief that there is something deeply divine about me and my ultimate quest is to get in touch with it and set it free. That is almost a direct quote from Abraham Maslow who taught us all that our highest goal in life was not to glorify God, but to self-actualize—the last century’s version of “follow your heart”. 

Virtually every movie today plays the same theme over and over again—characters wrestle with their inner struggling selves until they find salvation in becoming true to their own hearts and then celebrate it. We may be more accurate to say “worship” it.

We have become truly blasphemous:

“I am the way, the truth and the life.”

“Not Jesus… Me.”

“I am.”

“Not God… Me.”

This is the rise of Homo Deus.

When a culture descends into such deep self-centeredness, it begins to collapse. A healthy culture is built upon selflessness, cooperation, trust and good-will. When selfishness reigns, lawlessness and corruption soon follow. Daniel Webster famously prophesied:

When the public mind becomes vitiated and corrupt, laws are a nullity and constitutions are but waste paper.

Homo Deus will also lead to greater and greater isolation. When people believe their happiness and significance and pleasure is increasingly found in getting their own way, pursuing their own will, they will progressively become manipulators of everyone around them. Everyone has an agenda… always. Everyone becomes a salesman. Nothing destroys relationships more than when two people are maneuvering and manipulating according to their own agendas and scripts. We become increasingly isolated, shrinking ever so slowly into our own all-about-me throne, where we become secretly, but pathologically, lonely.

The desperate drive to control and fulfill our own will also leads to emotional turmoil.  When we become invested in our own personal scripts (“If my husband would just… If my wife would just… If my parents would just… If the cute boy or girl at school would just…), and we continually fail in controlling the events and people around us, then we become possessed with negative emotions: anger, disappointment, impatience, worry, bitterness… all of which can make us either claw more desperately or give up and sink down into apathy and hopelessness… and sometime suicide.

These are the consequences of Satan’s lie.

Ah, but it is here we should see the body of Christ shine! For we are the earthly purveyors of what a true, selfless relationship should look like. We have been on the receiving end of God’s steadfast, sacrificial true agape love. As Paul cries “Christ’s love compels us!

But, alas, the body of Christ is increasingly beset with the same lie.

I call it “Meo-Christianity”, where we come, wittingly or unwittingly, to believe that the most important thing in Christianity is me. I am God’s endgame. It is all about me, spiritually and piously speaking, of course. The music on Sunday, the fellowship, the teaching, the Christian albums and movies, etc. etc. are basically all about me... and for me. I am a Christian consumer who delights in my Christian consumption. We even turn our growth and sanctification into something that is all about me. The most important thing for people to hear from me is my journey. I write diligently all about it in my blogs and posts on social media and hope everyone “follows” me. 

Isn’t that a revealing word?

It is hard to love our neighbors when we are primarily consumed with ourselves. The most critical element in true agape love is sacrifice. Without it, there is no true agape love. And without true agape love, Paul says we are but a noisy gong or clanging symbol that may make a big noise, but it simply fades quickly into nothing.

No one sacrifices for another when they believe it is all about them. 

This is the crux of the lie.

And this, my dear brothers and sisters, is a critical weather front in the perfect storm brewing about us. We must heed the words of Jesus and “return to our first love” and in so doing become ports in the storm for those around us who are being swept away in its fierce and unrelenting torrent.

“Let your light so shine before men that they may see you good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven” Matthew 5:16

This takes godly sacrifice. May He grant us to do so… and soon.

Soli Deo Gloria.

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  • Coburn Ingram

    Coburn Ingram

    I like that you finished with the idea "return to our first love." That is actually a great way to counteract this mess! The reason is that our "first love" in Revelation 2:4 is the same as the love in Acts 2:42! It is our love for one another. That is the love we left. For example, beginning in the 360's, local synods began outlawing the Love Feast in places like Turkey and North Africa, in favor of individual "communion. (bit of an oxymoron there)" Those were the places where the church was obliterated by Islam. Can you imagine what a difference brotherly love could make? It is also the call to the end-time church, the church of Laodicea, "I will come in and sup with him. (Revelation 3:20)"
  • James  Culp

    James Culp

    Mitch Culp Belmont N.C. 8/1/21 Very good Dr. Del. Have been studying about what is true worship. It is very clear from scriptures that worship is not just about me, but about reaching out to others and helping them in their time of tribulation. Could it be that all of this "all about me" is nothing more that the fallen nature of mankind desiring to "be worshipped"? We are to be "living sacrifices", that means that we get to keep sacrificing ourselves over and over again. The animal sacrifice in the OT died one time and that was it. A living sacrifice gets to do over and over, and that might just be for one day. May you be blessed in every endeavor to take on.
  • Karen Stephens

    Karen Stephens

    Spot on Del....this has been on the hearts of so many of the fellow believers in our church. I hope you won't mind my sharing this with my pastor. When will we ever come to the end of ourselves and realize that this world and the all encompassing life events here are HIS story? The beauty of it all is to be able to be called one of His children and know that when you get the SON, we get it all. He wants us with Him for all eternity to worship Him and share in the inheritance. Indeed, we need to "return to our first love."
  • David Lind

    David Lind

    Yes indeed - "return" ... Today's msg was from Proverbs titled; "The Wisdom of Contentment"... after chasing all the things you mention and many more, the only real source of contentment is Jesus. "The fear of the Lord leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble." Proverbs 19:23
  • Kathleen Ruebling

    Kathleen Ruebling

    Powerful! Meo Christianity hits it on the head. This is truly a wake up call to those of us who claim to be followers of Christ. Being very honest, I see bits of myself in your writing which, with God’s help, I’ll eliminate from my thinking and actions. THANK you and God bless you as you continue to produce your work for a hurting world.
  • Victoria Smith

    Victoria Smith

    Ouch! And thank you!! Well said and much needed. Praising the Lord for giving me the ability to look at myself as I read these words and ask what areas I myself need to address. Your well thought-out, biblically based writings are much appreciated. Be blessed!
  • Teddy Craig

    Teddy Craig

    https://www.deltackett.com/resources/34515/7-threats-3-the-loss-of-the-noble-male-and-the-rise-of-malevolent-compassion

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