The noted and award winning postmodern novelist David Foster Wallace gave a now famous commencement speech at Kenyon College where he said this:

Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship. And the compelling reason for maybe choosing some sort of god . . . to worship . . . is that pretty much anything else you worship will eat you alive. If you worship money and things, if they are where you tap real meaning in life, then you will never have enough, never feel you have enough. It’s the truth. Worship your own body and beauty and sexual allure, and you will always feel ugly. And when time and age start showing, you will die a million deaths before [your loved ones] finally plant you. . . . Worship power, and you will end up feeling weak and afraid, and you will need ever more power over others to numb you to your own fear. Worship your intellect, being seen as smart, you will end up feeling stupid, a fraud, always on the verge of being found out. Look, the insidious thing about these forms of worship is not that they are evil or sinful; it is that they’re unconscious. They are default settings.[1]

Did you get what he is saying? Not only does everyone worship but if you worship the wrong things the thing you worship will eat you alive. Here is a non-religious man, who only a few years after giving this speech committed suicide, saying that if you get worship wrong you will be crushed. Or to put it another way unless you have Jesus at centre of your life, unless you worship him, unless he is the one in whom you are trying to find fulfilment, then anything else will either fail you or crush you. It will either fail you because it wont live up to what you think it is offering or it will crush you because you will fail to do what it wants. But Jesus Christ is the only thing that you can worship that will never fail you and when you fail him he won’t crush you but forgive you.

[1] Quoted in Timothy Keller, Encounters with Jesus, 29-30

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