If you haven’t heard already, Rebecca Black is “about to blow up” and she wants everybody to know about it. All of you “haters” out there who said, “see you later,” are, in fact, total losers and she wants you to bemoan the fact that she is doing things you never dreamed of. What’s the secret to her success? As she explains it: she just “trusted herself” and forgot everyone else, and, as a result, she is now having her moment . . .
The egotistical lyrics of overnight sensation Rebecca Black’s new song, My Moment, are simply a reflection of the vanity of Western culture and the yearnings of a superficial generation. Now, more than ever, our youth desire to have “their moment”–to be famous, to be glamorous, to be sexy, to be the locus of everyone’s attention–and they will stop at nothing until they do. In fact, today’s youth feel that their life is somehow incomplete or unimportant without some sort of material or “social” success.
This self-centered mindset is a direct outgrowth of our tendency to teach children that maintaining a high level of self-esteem is the primary goal of life. Unsurprisingly, our children now believe that they are, in fact, the center of the universe and will stop at nothing to attain life experiences which reinforce this. Our obsession with self-esteem, coupled with the rampant materialism pervasive in our culture, has given rise to a generation of narcissistic hedonists whose sole purpose in life is to have “their moment.” “Surely I will be happy with myself,” it is believed, “ if I had a voice like her or a sexy body like him or an expensive new car or money or power or success . . . if I could just have my moment!”
The question is, what happens if you never have “your moment?” What happens if you never become the next American Idol, or make music videos, or attend parties with famous celebrities? Do these things really have anything substantial to do with your value or worth as a person?
What if Rebecca Black had never been invited to perform her song Friday on the Today Show? What if her music video had been deleted from youtube? What if she never had “her moment?” Would she then have no value or worth as a person? Would she have no purpose or shot at true happiness? Would the “haters” have won? It is when we ask these questions that we begin to see the utter futility in attaching all of our value and worth to finite things.
The fact of the matter is, the things of this world are transitory; they do not last forever. Fame is fleeting, beauty eventually fades, pleasure lasts only for a season, we grow old, we die . . . Besides, there are only a few of us who will ever experience a “moment” like Rebecca Black anyways–I am quite certain that I will never know what it is like to dance in a music video or attend a celebrity ball. Does this mean my life is empty? Does this mean I have no value as a person? Does this mean my existence is totally meaningless?
The answer, of course, is a resounding “No!” Our value and worth, as human beings, is rooted in the fact that we are made in the image and likeness of God; and nothing in life will ever change this amazing fact about our nature. No level of material success, or lack thereof, will ever add to or diminish the fact that we are all intrinsically valuable and unfathomably loved by our Creator. No amount of fame or fortune could possibly outshine the deep, infinite, and self-sacrificing love demonstrated by our Creator who became incarnate for us and suffered and died for us. No amount of power or fame or sex appeal will ever work as a substitute for the relationship with God that we all yearn for.
When all is said and done, the only “moment” that we truly need or which will bring us eternal satisfaction is the moment we recognize that we need Jesus.