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A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)

Friday, June 12, 2009

Humanity Is Not What It's Cracked Up to Be

Mark Twain noted that in Genesis God created humanity near the end of his work week when he was already tired, an obvious reference to human frailties and foibles. There is certainly plenty of evidence all around us of human imperfections and we don't even have to look outside of ourselves to note our shortcomings. Each of us carries our sins in our souls.

It is impossible to turn on the television or the radio or surf the Internet and not hear of the incessant bad news in the midst of our so-called economic meltdown. We hear of greed and selfishness and materialism and continual argument on just what to do in the midst of the mess. These things should not be ignored, of course. It is a reminder to us that human beings are not what they are cracked up to be.

But one of the unfortunate things that gets lost in the midst of all the bad news is the good news of the countless people stepping forward in big and small ways to help others. There are business owners who are taking less personal salary so that they do not to have to lay off some of their work force. There are employees who have voluntarily taken a decrease in salary so that a co-worker can remain on the job. Some individuals have joined together in order to save someone from losing her or his house to foreclosure. In spite of less giving and a shortfall in their budgets, churches are still giving to missions locally and globally. There are plenty of examples of human beings at their worst; but if we are willing to look, we can also find countless examples of men and women at their best.

Yes, humanity isn't what it's cracked up to be. The image of God in us may be warped, but we are still in God's image nonetheless. It is in the midst of bad times that human beings can display their worst, to be sure, but it also provides moments when individuals rise above their foibles and frailties to display the image of God in this world.

Thanks be to God for that!


Olive Morgan said...

Thanks be to God indeed! This post has echoed what I've been thinking, so thank you for expressing it.

Allan R. Bevere said...


Glad you and I are together on this one.

Greg Golden said...

A man reveals his true self when all around sin and immorality are the accepted practice of the times. A man will walk with the Lord on the path that is straight and true or he will walk alone and was never a man to start with.

Allan R. Bevere said...


That's a great quote. Is it from someone else or is it a Greg Golden original?

Greg Golden said...

I thought it was an observation, but I guess it is a me-ism, or, now a quote by Greg. When I am not popping off one liners for my comedy act I look at the world philosophically. My father noticed that habit of mine years ago. It is a Greg original.