Not that I was a big Alec Baldwin fan to begin with, but after hearing about his dust up with American Airlines over not turning off his phone, I'm really not a fan. It's the elitist mentality I can't abide by, those that believe that they are such a favored group that laws and rules don't apply to them. I give kudos to the flight attendant for sticking to her guns and making them return to the gate to let Mr. Baldwin off. I wish I was more like that, and I love flying with flight attendants that are like that. During boarding a few weeks ago, a smattering of call lights came on simultaneously and (thinking the worst, of course), my coworker made her way quickly up the aisle. As it turned out, a seemingly intoxicated female was burping loudly and using foul language and several families with small children were objecting. Fortunately, my coworker is all about nipping problems in the bud and quickly informed the woman that if the foul language and the burping didn't stop immediately, she would be taken off the airplane. The woman's whining response? "What?? You can't even burp on airplanes anymore???" You can't make this stuff up.
All elitists get under my skin, but a few famous ones really bug me. Take Al Gore, who thinks everyone should fold themselves into teeny-tiny vehicles (that may or may not be combustible), while he drives gas guzzling luxury cars, jets around in the very least fuel efficient jets and uses up enough electricity on his estate to power up an entire town. Michael Moore is another one. A multi-millionaire (clearly a one percenter) who lives like royalty, flies into town on a luxurious private jet, dons a flannel shirt and his baseball cap and pretends to be something he isn't. Mr. Moore, if you think our government is doing such a fabulous job spending our money, instead of constantly exhorting others to fork up more for all their wise spending, why don't you write a million dollar check straight to the U.S. Treasury? Please do that, and get your like-minded millionaire friends to do the same.
A few weeks ago, I made a rare appearance in church and heard a sermon on the importance of "considering others better" than ourselves. I pondered the fact that those I find most difficult to consider better than myself are those that think thay are better than me. Yet isn't this one of the biggest challenges of living a successful Christian life? Loving the unlovable? How difficult is it to love those that think like us and love us in return? Even Al Gore and Michael Moore can do that. I have to admit, I've yet to feel like I have any use for the likes of Baldwin, Gore and Moore. And yet. There is hope, there is always hope. Like a wise friend recently posted on facebook, "conversion takes but a moment, but transformation takes a lifetime."
"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves." (Philippians 2:3)