Wednesday, August 29, 2007

A Big Man

So what makes a big man?
Today George Bush, the big man of the United States of America, raged against Iran. He blamed Iran for being the source of evil, and for supporting acts of terror. And seemed to be threatening war against Iran. This is in keeping with the tradition of big men: wave your fist, gun. economy (name your weapon) in the face of the enemy and threaten to wipe them off the face of the earth. Many big men have done this – from the Caesars of Rome to the Presidents and Kings of nations. Come to think of it – the church is good at this too: Popes, Presiding Bishops, and Senior Pastors act like big men and wave the Bible, the Church Rules, or the threat of excommunication at people.

Today there was also another big man who spoke from a public platform. Nelson Mandela unveiled a statue in London, and spoke of this being a sign to all who struggle for human rights. He noted that while the statue may look like him, he accepted it on behalf of all who had suffered for what is just. Here is a big man who is received by Presidents and Popes – yet who is able to identify with those who have been made to feel little by “big men”.

And I am reminded of a Big Man who chose to set aside his glory in order to live amongst the poor; a Big Man who chose to strip off his status to wash feet; a Big Man who allowed himself to be mocked and whipped and killed – so that little people may live. And I choose to follow big men who seek the way of humble service.


becky said...

thanks for your comment on my blog. I believe we all do what you say and I am learning that there is more going on than meets the eye.


Wessel Bentley said...

Why don't you have a column in a respectable paper?

eishman said...

Probably due to 'a respectable paper' being an oxymoron ;-)

South African said...

and let's not forget that before Bush became president he presided over a record number of executions in Texas.