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February 5, 2024
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Cultivating Conscience: Celebrities & Authority

Conscience can be defined as a God-designed and God-given faculty that helps us assess what is good and bad, right and wrong. What role, then, does the conscience play in Christians’ lives? How can it help Christians grow in personal holiness, wise decision-making, and spiritual maturity?

The Austin Stone Institute asked nine writers to compose a liturgy in response to the questions, as applied to a particular area of life. Today’s writer addressed cultivating one’s conscience in relation to celebrities and authority.

Celebrities & Authority

You, God, are my God.
Who is like You?
There is none like You. 

You are like the sun:
The Source of all light.
We are like the moon:
We glow only because of something greater.

And yet, my heart is easily drawn toward other people.
The allure of their voices leaves me disoriented, like a moth led into a flame. 

O Lord, help me!

I have settled for flickering candles and fleeting warmth in soliciting lesser loves.
But Your love is an eternal flame, illuminating the chasm I created.
My cold and desperate heart mends in the warmth of Your presence.

O God, keep Your flame ever before me
And satisfy my heart,
For there is none like You.

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