Hollow pretensions of the “somebodies” 5.23.11 & 9.27.12

by Aaron K.

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Hollow pretensions of the "somebodies" 5.23.11 & 9.27.12

Take a good look, friends, at who you were when you got called into this life. I don’t see many of “the brightest and the best” among you, not many influential, not many from high-society families. Isn’t it obvious that God deliberately chose men and women that the culture overlooks and exploits and abuses, chose these “nobodies” to expose the hollow pretensions of the “somebodies”? That makes it quite clear that none of you can get by with blowing your own horn before God. -1 Corinthians 1:26-29

Knowing it’s not the premise for the verse but the words ‘hollow pretensions of the "somebodies"…stick out to me. What does pretentious by definition mean?
1. self-important and affected: acting as though more important or special than is warranted, or appearing to have an unrealistically high self-image
2. made to look or sound important: intended to seem to have a special quality or significance, but often seeming forced or overly clever
3. ostentatious: extravagantly and consciously showy or glamorous

Watching the world around us…there is a subtle weight that presses heavily on my soul each day. The stream of everyday life seeming calm on the surface yet underneath exists a powerful current of pride not only driving self but a culture fostered and defined by the pretensions of the "somebodies". Like polluted air, it gets everywhere distorting perspective each day…discounting the simple things that God says make a truly blessed life, while making the prideful expressions of the successful life of ultimate importance. It is so true, as a pride and pretense grows, the blessed life gets further and further away. Perhaps that is why it is said…find a man who cares little for the things of the world and you’ll see how really poor you are. Action. My sons, the good life is savored by the humble and authentic of heart, for they are truly free…having little need to impress. You’ll experience many successes and failures in life, but know that they are both temporary, divine tests that easily distract from the blessed life. Pursue authentic humility always, driving the focus off of self and onto God and others.