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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Not Being a Rhodes Scholar

I think of my mother especially who never graduated from high school.  She had to drop out of school when her father died and help support the family.  Many fields of study were forever closed to her, but one thing she knew—and that was the Bible.  This became her window on the world.  One could do worse.  I can remember her explaining to me what it meant when Pontius Pilate washed his hands of responsibility for Jesus’ death.  Could there be a better lesson anywhere for the human tendency to seek to absolve itself of responsibility, the transparent nature of the attempt, and the sheer futility of it?  Yet the practice of self-justification is kept handy in the toolbox of excuses and rationalizations fully recognizable to both young and old.  It is the ability of the Bible to thus powerfully affix upon the mind images of human strengths and weaknesses that has served many well during their lives upon the rugged frontiers of experience.

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