In many ways the message of Jesus is radical and counter-cultural. One of the central tenets of Christianity is selfless, indeed self-sacrificial love. In contemporary western culture (and maybe in most of the world), there is an emphasis on individual achievement, notoriety/fame, material wealth, etc. Movies, TV shows, many books, magazines and much of what we consume on social media, is rife with the glorification of personal accomplishment and how a person’s identity can be found in achievement and the admiration of others.
There is nothing wrong with goals, personal achievement or even material wealth, but Christ teaches that the love and sole pursuit of such things is upside down (see 1 Timothy 6:10, Matthew 19:24 et al) and instead that we are to put others’ needs ahead of our own – this starts with considering the other person. It is at this time of year when we are reminded of the ultimate act of self-sacrificial love as Christ gave his life in the most painful way possible solely out of love for us – so that our sins would be forgiven and we would be granted eternal life.
Certainly Christians, but I think even the secular world and people of other faiths would be well served to keep this in mind as we go about our day. Imagine a world where we all consider the other person first and put their needs ahead of our own, even in small ways – it starts with each of us. Thanks for reading! Please comment below.