Amadeus is a movie about a man named Antonio Salieri, who fell victim to the incredible jealousy of his chief rival, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The story is told from the perspective of Antonio Salieri, the master of mediocrity, who goes crazy out of jealousy over Mozart’s extraordinary musical gift. In the movie, Mozart is a vulgar jerk. He uses his brilliant mind to do things like talk dirty backwards. Mozart’s life is divided into three parts, -- wine, women, and song. And yet, Mozart effortlessly pens what many consider to be the greatest music ever made.
Meanwhile, poor, pious Salieri, who also took a vow of celibacy so that he can give his all to making music, -- is only average at best. And it tears him up inside. It actually tears Salieri in two, so that half of him worships Mozart, and the other half of him hates Mozart. What really drives him over the edge is in knowing that God gave this unbelievable gift of music to that ungrateful punk. What’s interesting is that Mozart’s name “Amadeus” means, “Beloved of God.” Eventually that raging jealousy kills Salieri, as he goes crazy, and he dies a bitter death inside an insane asylum.
Someone once said, “Every time a friend succeeds, I die just a little bit more.” We know jealousy is wrong. We know it’s not right to compare ourselves with others, but we do it anyway, don’t we?
Whenever we meet our Mozart, or that “Amadeus” person in our lives, we face a choice. Am I going to go crazy with jealousy? Am I going to pout and throw a poor me pity party? Or, will I be content with who I am in God, who made me, loves me, and promises to go with me through all the challenges of life? The Bible says in Ephesians (4:31), “Put away all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, . . .” And so, let us put aside any deep seated bitterness, resentment, and jealousy, and instead, walk in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.
This Sunday, January 22, I continue my sermon series on the book of Genesis, and we will be talking about harder things we may face in life, sibling rivalry, which in this case is between Jacob and Esau. Come join us in the sanctuary for the 8:00 am service, and again, at 10:30 am. For the 10:30 service, we will also be broadcasting on Zoom, Facebook Live, and YouTube.