Previously I said society’s heroes used to be marked by values like hard work, sacrifice, suffering and selflessness.

 Hero

HERO?. PICTURE: Ems van Goth/www.freeimages.com

After a few decades of film and TV, our heroes are now known by their wealth, good looks, brand names and selfishness. 

Even the church hasn’t escaped this cultural shift.

Once we valued those who lived lives of service - missionaries who gave up everything to bring life to those in far away places or who used their life to help the poor, lepers, lame.

Now, in the church we idolise those who lead worship - whose claim to fame is writing a good tune. 

Leading worship is important, but when our young members aspire to be up the front, leading the crowd under lights, instead of being out the front, leading the crowd to bring light to the world, even the church is in trouble.

Paul Clark’s musings can be heard on radio across Australia and at atthetop.org.au