Survey says over 43 million people watched The Oscars last Sunday night. It’s sort of interesting how everyone wants to watch actors and actresses celebrate their success, win awards, or at a minimum, see what they are wearing. Why do we care?
There seems to be something about the human psyche that likes to live vicariously through others and their successes. Why do we like to celebrate people we don’t know nor have never met? For the average person, The Oscars will have no practical benefit for everyday life, yet 43 million people seem to derive enough emotional benefit to sit down for a few hours and enjoy watching it. Why?
I suppose there could be a number of answers to this question. But I wonder if this is maybe a glimpse of heaven? What I mean by that is, we are told in scripture that there will be an awards ceremony in heaven. That’s right! Christians who have trusted Jesus as their savior and are granted the gift of heaven (see my blog post, Hell No) will also receive varying types of rewards for how they lived their life.
1 Corinthians. 3:12-15 – If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man’s work. If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.
This means not only will some Christians be winners, but some will also be losers. At first glance, this can create a dilemma because scripture also says in heaven there will be no more tears or sorrow.
Revelation 21:4 – He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.
So how do you have winners and losers and no sorrow? Seems like a contradiction unless the answer is related to our propensity toward vicarious victory. Could it be that we will be rooting for one another in heaven like we root for an actor at the Oscars? Could it be that we will be cheering for each other as if we were winning it ourselves? Even though there may be no personal benefit, could it be that we will find emotional benefit seeing others rewarded for a faithful life?
I think it is intriguing to think about the notion of celebrating each other without any selfish motive!
So maybe, just maybe, The Oscars or any award show for that matter gives us a glimpse into heaven and a time when we can be there for each other rather than competing against each other. I don’t know about you, but that is exciting to look forward to. I suppose this is what would make it heaven! 🙂
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