November 27; Can An Ordinary Person Do Extra Ordinary Deeds? MANAGEMENT BY THE BOOK:365 Daily Bible Verse &One-Minute Management Lessons For The Busy Faithful
Simon Peter answered,
“You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah,
for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven.
And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church,
and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.
Can An Ordinary Person Do Extra Ordinary Deeds?
A few years ago Your Business Professor packed up kith and kin for some conference in Boston. While Charmaine was at a meeting, we remainders traveled around Plymouth Meeting to see a rock and a boat, National Symbols of the American Experiment.
The Plymouth Rock on the water had a security gate with “1620″ helpfully chiseled large. The Penta-Posse was not impressed. A short walk away is a replica of the Mayflower.
But I’m sure the Rock was the real thing…
So I am standing near the Rock; still with the emotion of the sacrifice. For family, faith and freedom.
The kids ask, “So, what’s the big deal?”
The American Exceptionalism (of marketing) had yet to work its magic.
We walk over to the museum and then board the wooden boat where constant maintenance is a way of life and large expense. There was so much (Christian) history.
I chat up the boat crew. The re-enactors on the Mayflower were not helpful. “The Mayflower Compact was simply a legal document to keep from getting sued,” they said. (Quite common among investors in those days too.)
The Compact, the Massachusetts actors asserted, was not, is not a religious relic. The actors were animated, “It had nothing to do with God.” The phrasing undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith… was legal mumbo-jumbo used by the lawyers of the day to preface any brief.
The Pilgrim Puritans aimed for Virginia and got Massachusetts. This, now the Land of Godless Liberals such as Ted Kennedy, John Kerry and Barney Frank. I should not have been surprised at the ship’s crew’s blasphemy.
The Mayflower itself, the actors in period custom said through a smile, was simply, “A water borne taxi…”
No wonder my kids were bored. The actors were bored. And boring.
We are so lucky. We should be thankful. Even if Massachusetts is not. G.K. Chesterton writes in Heretics,
When Christ at a symbolic moment was establishing His great society, He chose for its cornerstone neither the brilliant Paul nor the mystic John, but a shuffler, a snob, a coward – in a word, a man.
And upon this rock He has built His Church, and the gates of Hell have not prevailed against it.
All the empires and the kingdoms have failed, because of this inherent and continual weakness, that they were founded by strong men and upon strong men.
But this one thing, the historic Christian Church, was founded on a weak man, and for that reason it is indestructible. For no chain is stronger than its weakest link.
Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. Matthew 16:16-18