September 15, 2012

"Apart from me you can do nothing."

Being Famous Doesn't Make You Moral...

...The popular-figure-as-Christian-leader is an American myth. For years our history books were filled with mythic tales of the righteous founders of our nation. Not even ancient Israel had such righteous leaders. King David was a murdering adulterer. George Washington could not tell a lie. The disconnect between these two figures is the disconnect between the traditional Christian faith and the American Christian faith. Jesus is not an American and He did not found our country. He also did not coach at Notre Dame.

Being moral does not make you famous - and being famous has nothing to do with being moral.

I am not a believer in traditional morality - because I think it's a modern invention. Conventional morality thinks in terms of a moral code well kept. Think Immanuel Kant as business leader. Proper Christian morality thinks of death and resurrection. Jesus did not die in order to make bad men good - He died to make dead men live. Immoral people act the way they do because within they are filled with death and corruption. There is something fundamentally broken about the human being - and we often find our lives to be a mass of contradictions.

The moral man, in this understanding, is the one who acknowledges his utter weakness before God. Christ told His disciples, "Apart from me you can do nothing." Someone who believes this spends his life learning to depend not on himself but on the only Lord and Giver of Life....
Posted by John Weidner at September 15, 2012 5:46 PM
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