Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Best and the Brightest

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Best and the Brightest

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Do you feel trapped in a world where only the best and brightest succeed? Do you ever see life as a card game in which the deck is stacked against all but a precious few? Probably most of us have felt this way at one time or another - yet the Bible debunks this dour outlook.

Jesus toppled belief in an unfair world by showing that God's blessings are for everyone. No one is excluded. When Jesus walked the shores of the Sea of Galilee looking for disciples, he wasn't just seeking the best and the brightest, or asking for resumes and references. The Savior knew the least of men could do the most to save a world from itself. He picked as his disciples ordinary men who as children of God could do extraordinary things. The Bible says, "The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple" (Psalms 19:7).

Old-world views of an angry, vengeful god favoring a powerful elite crumbled as these simple, probably mostly unschooled men called by the Christ spread the good news of the Bible's God of love. Most were from Galilee, a relatively remote, unassuming area. But they would successfully support the Master's ministry, and tradition holds that certain disciples wrote some of the New Testament.

The first four were fishermen. Jesus made no career promises other than to make them fishers of men. Simon (called Peter) and his brother Andrew eagerly dropped their nets to follow Jesus into a new world where they might exercise their own divine mastery over worldly woe (Matthew 4:18-20). They were joined by two other brothers, James and John, who were mending their father's nets nearby (verses 21, 22).

Jesus loved his disciples from the outset. To human ken, the choices Jesus made might look rash or unwise, their fealty to the Christ shaky. When Jesus was arrested, Peter denied knowing Jesus three times. Thomas doubted him. And Judas, keeper of their purse, betrayed the Lord for 30 pieces of silver. …

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