By Donna Wittlif
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2, NIV). The last several months, heads have been rolling—heads of the rich and powerful in entertainment, government, and media. Many have trusted and even idolized these so-called foundations of our society. These men believed they would never fall.
But fall they did, exposing the undeniable truth that in their own eyes they set themselves up as gods. They were immune to both God’s laws and man’s laws. Or so they thought. When they were exposed, exclamations of surprise and shock echoed through our land.
There is nothing hidden under the sun
How can it be that these stanchions whose golden words beguiled millions of listeners held onto their posts for so long? How did their faces become beloved and trusted? How did their television programs become each day’s food for their adoring fans?
The answer isn’t easy. It seems most of us have a penchant for looking up to others, following them, and believing their words. The more rich and powerful they are, the more we seem to hang onto them and emulate them. We see their faces, their expensive lifestyles, and we believe they are successful. They must have their lives together, so we hear their viewpoints and believe.
But there’s one big problem. We can’t see their hearts. All we see is the person on the television in front of us. Only God can see what’s inside. And the truth is, all men sin. Although some are better than others, at least in their own eyes or the eyes of others, none deserve to be idolized.
Even Jesus, God’s perfect Son, answered one who called Him good by saying, “Why do you call me good? No one is good—except God alone” (Mark 10:18). Yes, Jesus was good. But was He telling us to fix our eyes on God in our search for truth and righteousness?
Hymn: “Earth Holds No Treasure”
Prayer: Heavenly Father, may we always hold onto Your hand and look to You for truth and righteousness. In Jesus’s name. Amen.
Donna Wittlif is the author of Christian fiction for young adults and adults. Sign up for her newsletter “Sharing Stories” at her website, www.donnarwittlif.com She is looking for authors to share their stories and poetry. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org