Thank God for Flawed Heroes

Brad Littlejohn | October 28, 2017

Editors’ note: This article originally appeared in the 9Marks Journal

No impulse is so deeply embedded in human nature as the urge to worship. And it is so much easier to worship flesh and blood than an invisible spirit. As young children, we are tempted first to worship our fathers—“My dad knows everything!” Then, when they fail us, we worship sports heroes or movie stars, defending them against all critics far more fiercely and stubbornly than we would ever defend ourselves.

When it comes to the realm of truth, our propensity to hero worship is fortified by two more human impulses—fear and laziness. For nearly all of us, our beliefs are anchored more on people than ideas; and if we have staked our lives on confession of some truth, we fear we have also staked our lives on the credibility of those from whom we derived the truth.

Too lazy to grapple with the logic of a truth-claim on its own, we rest our faith instead on the people who first taught it, or who taught it to us. And if, God forbid, they should disappoint us, our whole system of beliefs is apt to crumble.

Facing Our Giants

This dynamic…

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