Infamy

Funny how sometimes you suddenly hear the same thing two or thee times in quick succession. This has happened to me very recently. The phrase in question is very well known and maybe you had an idea of what is was when you read the title. It is one uttered by the late Kenneth Williams in one of the 'Carry On' films - “in for me, in for me; they've all got it in for me!” Still makes me smile.

Infamy, of course, means being well known for disreputable doings. The famous example that springs to mind is that of the John Profumo/Christine Keeler scandal. Perhaps too long ago for some readers but in more recent years there was the case of the MP who ended up in prison for getting his wife to take his speeding offence. A double whammy there, the actual offence and then the lying about it afterwards. Not to forget 'Fred the Shred'. This is to mention just three of so very many. If any of us, and I am not one of them, had a desire to be famous then it would almost certainly be for that was not viewed as dishonest or dishonourable. Having said that, these  days what is morally acceptable or not seems to be rather arbitrary.

The artist Andy Warhol made a comment which has thus far endured when he said that “in the future everyone would have their fifteen minutes of fame”. He seems to have been referring to the kind of flash in the pan celebrity fame, for example the one hit wonder. A quick burst of attention in the public eye that would not be sustained.

This can be a curious thing. The bible makes reference to a number of people who did some really awful things and yet God was able to work in their lives and what lives on down the years is the better achievements and their eventual obedience and faithfulness to God. So in this way they are famous, with many people knowing nothing of their past misdeeds. Noah and Moses are two men that readily come to mind. The disciple, Peter, had his really wobbly moment when he denied knowing Jesus but it was Peter who, in the book of Acts, would go on to preach the first sermon and in whom Jesus put his trust to build the Christian Church. Whether or not one attains fame matters not to God and should not matter to us but to be acknowledge by God and to hear the words, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant”, is something really worth striving for.

Pam