Summary: Discover the counter-cultural ethic that Jesus utilized as he ministered and saved the human race.

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Image is Everything!

Gospel of Mark 1:32-39

Sermon #2 of “Ten Cultural Myths that Drive America”

This is our second sermon in our sermon series, “Ten Cultural Myths that Drive America” from the first six chapters of Mark. Last week we looked at “Might Makes Right” from Mark 1:1-13. We discovered the counter-cultural ethic that Jesus utilized as he ministered and saved the human race.

In coming weeks we will look at other slogans that have become embedded into the American psyche, other idioms that define us and motivate us as a people. We will look at:

• Shop ‘til You Drop - Mark 2:13-17

• Rules are Made to be Broken - Mark 2:18 – 3:6

• Live and Let Live - Mark 3:1-6

• You are Only Young Once - Mark 1:14-20; 3:13-19

• If You Want Something Done Right, Do It Yourself - Mark 3:13-19; 31-35

• If it Feels Good, Do It - Mark 5:1-20

• God Helps Those Who Help Themselves - Mark 5:25-34

• Stand Up For Your Rights - Mark 5:17, 6:1-6

But this week we will stay in chapter one of Mark.

Mk 1:32 That evening after sunset the people brought to Jesus all the sick and demon-possessed.

Mk 1:33 The whole town gathered at the door,

Mk 1:34 and Jesus healed many who had various diseases. He also drove out many demons, but he would not let the demons speak because they knew who he was.

Mk 1:35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

Mk 1:36 Simon and his companions went to look for him,

Mk 1:37 and when they found him, they exclaimed: “Everyone is looking for you!”

Mk 1:38 Jesus replied, “Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come.”

Mk 1:39 So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.

It used to be just a marketing slogan. Ad agencies used it to motivate themselves and describe their industry’s objectives. And it worked. It worked so well that it became ingrained into all of us.

Andre Agassi brought it on the scene in 1991 with his Cannon commercial. The flashy young, big haired, brightly dressed rebel tennis player was more prevalent than the camera and the commercial ended with those now immortal words … “Image is Everything.”

The concept wasn’t new but it resonated with our culture like never before.

Image is everything.

It used to be that elective cosmetic surgery was deemed as vain and only for the Hollywood elites, but not anymore. People from all walks of life are getting nips and tucks. I know a 15 year old girl whose parents let her get a breast augmentation.

A Greenwich, Conn.-based market research firm (NFO World Group) conducted a nationally survey and discovered that a full 87%of adults say that if they could change some part of their body for cosmetic reasons.

One in three adults would make some adjustments from the neck up. Almost one-quarter (22 percent) are unhappy with their teeth, 15 percent with their hair and 5 percent with their nose.

Fewer than 1 in 7 Americans (18 percent of men and 10 percent of women) are happy enough with their bodies that they wouldn’t change a thing.

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