In a recent interview of Mike Myers by Matt Lauer on the Today show, Myers praised the message of Shrek as one that helps viewers to see that “loving yourself” makes one a better person and thus makes the World a better place for all. He said that in Shrek I, Shrek learns to love himself which makes him a better Troll (or whatever he is). In Shrek II, he also learns to love himself, which makes him a better husband, and in Shrek the Third, Shrek, again, learns to love himself, which makes him a better father. This was straight from the “horses mouth”, so to speak.

A friend of mine, Muriel, whom I admire greatly, once attended a conference for Christian counselors (Muriel is a Christian counselor and also served with her husband as missionaries in China for almost 30 years) . During the conference, in which she was one of the speakers, she listened in on one speaker who asserted that the problem with our World today is that people just don’t love themselves enough! And this from a Christian? Muriel approached the speaker and very politely informed her that the opposite was true. The problem with our World is that us humans love ourselves too much!

The theologian Augustine defined sin as self love. Humans were created to worship God, and so without God, they worship themselves. It is only through the saving grace of the Cross that humans can be reconciled to God. Loving God allows us to love others more. Self love is sin. Loving God allows us to keep our eyes off of ourselves and look to others with the love that God has for all mankind.

The Bible clearly shows us that self denial is the only way to truly love others. Christ was the ultimate example of self denial which allowed him to show his unconditional love of the entire World! Philippians 2:5 is crystal clear:

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross! 9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

I realize that I may have stepped on some toes by casting Shrek in a bad light. But we must be critical thinkers in this World we live in; able to spot all the lies that we are bombarded with everyday. As Christians we must not only use our hearts to love God, but also our minds! Do you want to be a lover of self, or a lover of God? As for me, I desire to be a lover of God!

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