Why are people so deflated when one of their heroes fall into sin? Did they really think that their hero was above…………………………………………………………sin?
I would imagine that some of our readers were concerened back in 2004 when one of the best song writers of all times, David Bazan, went from singing the most real, vulnerable, intriguing and moving songs about living for God to singing the most real, vulnerable, intriguing and moving songs about cursing God (most specifically “Curse Your Branches”). You older readers remember Jim Bakker? You can check out this quick YouTube video of what went down with him in perhaps one of the biggest scandals of all time. How about Tim Lambesis from the “Christian Metalcore band,” As I Lay Dying, who tried to get his wife killed? Read the story right here.
A lot of you know that I am a huge Brett Favre fan. After the sexual allegations came out (while he was with the stupid Jets) and it was obvious that they were legit, I was confronted with a gut check. First, I had to accept the fact that he really was stupid enough to text pictures of his little guy down there.
But, here are the most important thoughts I pondered and some conclusions that I made.
“Well I guess I don’t like him as much now.” Why not? Because I found out he wasn’t perfect? Do I not like King David any more, nor read the Psalms, because he got a husband killed off in order to have his wife in bed?
Remember this is the same guy that wrote one of the most quoted passages in the Bible, “The Lord is My Shepherd.” And, come on. Let’s not forget that Brett brought the “Vince Trophy” back to Titletown after 29 years, baby!
“Well, I just don’t like him as much as a person.” Well that’s pretty lame. Didn’t Jesus genuinely love the lowliest of sinners? What good is it for Brett Favre to exist “blemish-less” in my mind, anyway? So, he made a mistake, and I don’t like him as a person anymore? Hopefully, my personal family and friends treat me better than that.
“Well, it definitely shows that nobody’s perfect.” Did I really think that he was? Why do I place humans on some sort of pedestal that no one belongs on? It’s probably healthy for all of us (right now) to make sure we don’t have an unhealthy fondness for anyone other than Jesus.
I’m not saying we should never look up to people nor esteem highly those that we honor and respect. However, when we write these same folks off because of some moral failure, it reveals some things in our own hearts and proves that we had them in a place we shouldn’t have. I’ll close with some of these heart issues for you to ponder.
We sometimes look for earthly heroes and leaders to make us to be happy. This is idolatry. Taking joy in Jesus’ perfection should suffice. This is similar to Israel’s desire for an earthly king. God said He would be their king, but they wanted an earthly king. Sure enough, being a human, Israel’s king failed and caused the people significant harm, time and time again.
We aren’t as keenly aware of our own sin as we should be. If we were, we would see ourselves “in the same boat” as the person that disappointed us, rather than seeing ourselves as the “more righteous observer.”
We sometimes need those that we admire, to remain above reproach in order for us to have soundness of mind. We should have our own walk with Jesus and not depend on others’ righteousness to motivate our living for Jesus. Oh yeah, no one in themselves is righteous anyway. (Can you say, “It’s all about JESUS’ righteousness and not ours?”)
We sometimes lose respect for our leaders/bosses when we see their imperfections. This is crazy, considering none of them acquired their leadership role for being perfect in the first place. We should instead brainstorm how our strengths can mitigate their weaknesses so that their work is “a joy and not a burden.”
Next time you put people on an unhealthy pedestal, remember this. Their resume starts with the fact that God had to die for their sin. That’s not a good start. I might add that your resume has that same “accomplishment.” That’s not a good start for you either.