First a disclaimer: I didn’t watch the Golden Globes. I was busy doing some early spring cleaning.
But I did read the newspapers this morning. And I read Felicity Huffman’s quote:
“I know as actors our job is usually to shed our skins, but I think as people our job is to become who we really are and so I would like to salute the men and women [transgender individuals, et. al.] who brave ostracism, alienation and a life lived on the margins to become who they really are.”
After reading this, it struck me that this quote epitomizes the humanist world-view. Under the religion of humanism, man is God and the ultimate goal is to fulfill ourselves and pursue pleasure.
This is polar-opposite of what Christ calls us to do. He tells us (Matt. 16:24) to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Him.
All of us struggle with sin on a daily basis, regardless of what those particular sins might be. All of us are daily presented with opportunities to either "be who we are" or be like Christ and deny ourselves.
Pursuing our own pleasures may feel good for a time, and lead to instant gratification, but it’s only when we deny ourselves and pursue God that we experience “fullness of joy” (Ps. 16:11).