Thursday, September 3, 2009

Our disappointing saviors

"While the Senator grew fat and seemed to fall apart, his brothers remained ageless and timeless, slim, breeze-kissed. If he was reality, then we wanted no part of it." So writes David Von Drehle of Senator Edward Kennedy in today.

We idealize apparently superior people, because they turn our thoughts from the weakness and mediocrity we are. This is comforting and even exciting. But inevitably, our saviors prove to be just like us.

There was another Man, who was truly superior. He didn't have to pose. He belonged up there on a pedestal, he was reality, and we wanted no part of it. We didn't choose him. In infinite love, he chose us.

"But God chose what is foolish, . . . God chose what is weak, . . . God chose what is low and despised" (1 Corinthians 1:27-28).

HT: Mockingbird.