The Court of Status Symbols

 Morning Muse with Dave Arnold

An allegory tells about a soul that came to heaven. jewel-1155210-m

Just outside of heaven was a huge arena called “The Court of Status Symbols.” Before he could get into heaven, he had to go through this area, past the keeper of the door of the court.

Inside, he saw sleek automobiles, membership cards to exclusive clubs, white poodles, silver-tipped canes, etc. As he went further back into the room, he saw the crowns of kings and beautiful jewelry from princesses. Then, the guide said,

“Yes, these were all things that the world used to impress Him!

So, we have everybody drop them right here before they come to stand before Him!” 1

Marty Martin once remarked that the chief rival to the church today is not secularism, but the “do-it-yourself religion.” 2

Yes, these were all things that the world used to impress Him!Psalm 10:2 speaks of “the wicked in his pride” being “caught in the plots which they have devised.”

Hundreds of years ago, Richard Booker commented,

“Pride is a vice which cleaves so fast to the hearts of men, that if we were to strip ourselves of all faults, one by one, we should undoubtedly find it the very last and hardest to put off.” 3

 

             “Despite those titles, power and pelf,
               The wretch, concentered all in self,
                  Living, shall forfeit fair renown,
                 And doubly dying, shall go down
           To the vile dust from whence he sprung
           Unwept, unhonor’d and unsung” (Scott). 4

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Citations:

1.    Robert H. Schuller, Your Future is Your Friend, Keats Publishing, Inc., New Canaan, CT, 1974, pp. 122 – 123.
2.    www.philip-wells.com/...The_Ethics_of_Church_Discipline_-_Final_Draft_Copy.doc
3.    C. H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of David,  Volume One, Psalm I to LVII, Hendrickson Publishers, Peabody, MA., p. 116.
4.    Adult Teacher Supplement, Second Quarter, 1967, Gospel Publishing House, Springfield, MO, Copyright 1966, p. 10.