No, I’m not talking about the change of season, beautiful as that’s always been to behold. Nor Aaron Rodgers’ season-ending injury, sad as that physical fall was to watch and which is still echoing throughout the throngs of football fans across the nation and especially the New York/Jersey area.
I’m talking about the massive increase – both quantitative and qualitative – in how a horde of highly-esteemed people have experienced a jaw-dropping reversal of fortunes seemingly overnight in many cases, in just the past handful of years, a trend definitely worth keeping an eye on and which likely has a correlation to “end times” truth (eschatology) – here’s a quick list just off the top of my head, which touches virtually every significant segment of society:
Sports: Zion Williamson
Entertainment/Hollywood/Media: Matt Lauer, Brian Williams, Chris Matthews (what’s in the water at NBC?), Leslie Moonves, Kevin Spacey and extremely recently Danny Masterson, Ed Henry, Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly (what’s in the water at Fox News???), Bill Cosby, and Harvey Weinstein (again, just a partial list from the top of my head)
Law: Lyn Wood, Robert Mueller, Sydney Powell, and while Rusty Hardin is legitimately a living legal legend, his prosecutorial performance in the Paxton impeachment proceedings left much to be desired or admired, he seemed but a shadow of his usual (past?) self and was overwhelmingly outdone by Tony Buzbee and the defense side of the aisle
Politics: the aforementioned Ken Paxton, Donald Trump, Andrew Cuomo, Rudy Giuliani (what’s in the water in New York?????) and too many others to list but you get the point: people who previously, until just a year or few ago, were wildly well-perceived have quickly fallen to the opposite end of that spectrum and are now near-universally despised, mocked, ridiculed, shunned, and/or under the heavy boot of dogged pursuit by law enforcement.
The point of this post is not to pummel these publicly-punished people (I’m pretty sure that I’m far worse a person and bigger a sinner than they) but rather to simply point out that it’s unfettered folly to put one’s total trust or reliance or confidence in any mere mortal, since ONLY ONE will never, ever fail or even disappoint!
- “Whoever believes in Him WILL NOT be disappointed” (Romans 10:11)
- “he who believes in Him WILL NOT be disappointed” (1 Peter 2:6)
We hear and see so much fanfare and hype and hoopla about countless people in the public eye, a seemingly never-ending list and I’m happy for each and every one but it’s sort of bittersweet in that any glory or praise or credit is rarely ever publicly poured out to the One who is so precious and priceless and peerless and actually deserves and merits such! Michael Jordan was a phenomenal basketball player… but could he ever in a trillion years even come close to comparing to Him who walked on water or turned it into wine? George Washington and Abraham Lincoln were phenomenal presidents and leaders, but could either even come close to comparing to Him who took every single sin of humanity – past, present, and future – and placed it squarely on Himself, “in His body” (1 Peter 2:24) thus making salvation and an eternity in Heaven available to all people (1 Timothy 2:4; 2 Peter 3:9; John 3:16) by conquering and vanquishing the power of death and the sway sin had held over us and therefore freeing us from the horrors of Hell?
Next time (and all subsequent) we hear someone celebrating a mere mortal, let’s at least keep in mind the preeminence of the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12; Philippians 2:9-11, 3:20-21; Colossians 1:13-19) and preferably say something aloud so others can partake of this proper perspective: there’s none who can compare to Christ… if you never want to be disappointed, simply put your faith and trust and reliance and dependence in and on Him!
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