“I see dead people” was the famous line from the movie The Sixth Sense. A young boy was sensitive enough to be able to see the unseen world of those who were no longer living.
We need a bit of that sensitivity today, not to see the dead, but to see the living. We look at people, and we see their race. We look at people and see their sexual orientation. We see their political views. We see their immigration status. We see their religion. We see their nationality. We see “them” or “us.”
And we don’t see human beings made in the image of God. We don’t see individuals that Jesus loved enough to die for.
That’s what’s wrong with the world.
When we came back to the United States, I became a fan of the NBA. Well, of the San Antonio Spurs. It was hard not to, living near San Antonio. Over time, I developed a deep dislike for the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban. He’s loud. He’s profane. He’s a poor sport. I could go on and on.
The other day I was about to post on the Internet about what a jerk I think he is. That’s when I realized something else about him.
He’s made in the image of God. He’s someone for whom Jesus died.
I tend to see celebrities as if they were characters in a movie, fictional entities. They don’t have families. They don’t have feelings. They only exist for me to cheer and boo. I don’t see them as real people.
God does. Whether I do or not, God does. Celebrities are people, too. More than that, celebrities need God as much as anyone else does.
Mr. Cuban, I hope that you come to know God. If you already know him, I pray that you will allow him to guide and affect your life. My Savior died for you, just as he did for me. And I am in need of his grace, just as much as you are. I hope that I can always remember these things. Even when I get caught up in the passion of sports.