I belong to a group called f3. Normally, we just work out together, exercise, encourage, insult and generally give each other grief.
Today was different. Our Q, the person in charge of the workout, wanted us to shovel snow off sidewalks, driveways in the neighborhood.
So we got to work.
As I was shoveling a driveway, an older lady (I can say that because I don’t think she was as old as me) came out and said thank you.
Yes, yes, your welcome, blah, blah, blah.
A few minutes later, as we were finishing up, she came out again. “Thank you, so much! You’ve restored my faith in humanity.”
Whoa, hold the phone!
I have heard the rhetoric of those who believe humanity will save itself. We will evolve to the point where we are perfect, no longer selfish, self-destructive, hateful creatures. We will become, oh, in a million years or so, loving, focused on the good of all, one with nature.
This is high grade horse manure.
No, I don’t want people to restore their faith in humanity. Apart from Jesus, and what He does by leading us first to the cross and then to the world, humanity has NO hope.
This is my problem with politics, with medicine, with psychology, all the things we look to to heal ourselves. They are the “splintered reed”, the thing that when we lean on it, pierces our hands. They not only fail us, they cause more damage when we depend on them.
Nothing I do. And the guys I hang out with would agree, nothing we do should ever restore your faith in humanity.
Can we point you to Him?