Those Photos

15/09/12 | Posted by HughB

Once again, the media is at odds with itself about what can be defined as “in the public interest”. A well-known PR man has said that royalty should be able to sunbathe topless or enjoy a party with their mates and expect their privacy to be respected while clearly some photographers and editors feel that they are fair game and financially worth the risk of being sued. In the end, I suppose that this is all a question of who defines our identity. Kate, William and Harry can recognise that their positions come with both privilege and responsibility but they have little or no control over how others will perceive that position.

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 What Does a Position Mean?

In his ministry Jesus faced the same dilemma.  Mark 8:27-38 records Jesus asking his disciples who the people thought he was and, from the responses he got, it was clear that some more PR work still needed to be done. They thought he was John the Baptist, Elijah or one of the other prophets. So he turned his attention to disciples - who did they think he was? Thankfully Peter come up with the right resply - “You are the Messiah”.

But from Peter’s next response it was obvious that that wasn’t enough. When Jesus told them that he was going to the cross Peter rebuked him. He got the idea that Jesus was the Messiah but he did not understand what that truly meant – death and glory, not just the glory on its own.

It would seem that Kate and William are resorting to the courts to impress upon Twenty-First Century citizens what is expected of them. Jesus hasn’t gone down that route. He looks to us by defining what a Christian, or more correctly a disciple, must be like:

“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me… If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory.”

Jesus calls us to be what C.S. Lewis called “little Christs”.

How’s that definition fitting in with your life?

 

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What actually makes Kate, William and co interesting?  They seem pretty dull to me.

Why are ‘we’ so pruriently interested in what the private parts of rich people look like?

#1. By Jill on November 21, 2012

Probably it goes back to the ‘Forbidden Fruit’!

#2. By Hugh on November 22, 2012

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