The Me Generation: Self Centered and Entitled… but Boorish and Reprehensible

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Check out the recent commentary by Ruben Navarrette Jr, syndicated columnist on CNN.com. He offers some valuable insights into the self-centered human condition of our culture based on the inexcusable outbursts recently of Congressman Joe Wilson, rapper Kanye West and tennis star Serena Williams. The bottom line is that we are no longer shocked by such outlandish behavior. But when the individual becomes the center of his own universe, the surrounding culture quickly degenerates into a “me-too” shell of insensitivity and egotistical excess.

The Apostle Paul warned of such narcisstic behavior:

"But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a a form of godliness, although they have denied its power." (2 Timothy 3:1-5)

Sound like any behavior you have witnessed recently??

I like what Navarrette says about the hypocrisy of the sham apologies that appear after sufficient pressure to be politically correct. How different is worldly sorrow (over taking some heat in the arena of public opinion) from the type of godly sorrow and repentance that the Apostle Paul describes in 2 Cor. 7:9-11:

"I now rejoice, not that you were made sorrowful, but that you were made sorrowful to the point of repentance; for you were made sorrowful according to the will of God, so that you might not suffer loss in anything through us. For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death. For behold what earnestness this very thing, this godly sorrow, has produced in you: what vindication of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what longing, what zeal, what avenging of wrong!"