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Fame, Fog, Fall

God does not allow many of us to be famous because, if He did, we would be more vulnerable to a fall.

In anonymity, in days of small things, He gradually stitches together his work in us.

You would think that as God Almighty, He would welcome prominence and fame.

But just because he is God Almighty, He has no need for prominence.

With fame, a man becomes exposed. He is moved outside the covering of simple (and anonymous) friends of like mind and heart, and placed under the covering of, say, a security detail.

I am thinking of that governor in South Carolina. He espouses a Christian worldview, but somehow this husband and father of four managed to slip off to Argentina for a tango on the sidelines.

A standard response might be: but for the grace of God, there go I.

Well okay, I guess I wouldn't want some pretty thing to take a shine to me. Stay away.

But when something this big happens to one who supposedly follows Jesus -- I mean, flying from South Carolina to Argentina to mess around takes a bit of planning and bravura -- constructions of the heart must have been going on for quite some time.

And the fog of fame made him think he can do it.


Matthew 20.23 So He said to them, "You will indeed drink My cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with; but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give ..."

Proverbs 16.18 Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall.

1 Corinthians 1.26-29 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, [are called]. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.


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