If These Commercials Are True, What is a Man?
This article was originally published as a part of the series titled “Just A Thought”
Over the holidays I watched a lot of bowl games. I’ve been wondering, “If these commercials are true, who am I?”
This is an anthropological question. Anthropology is the study of mankind’s origin, nature, and destiny.
The world has a very low view of man—a buffoon, a shiftless conniver, and a sex-crazed mongrel in heat who is hopelessly inferior to women and children.
The world has a very high view of man—athletic superstars, mega-movie stars, rock gods, and the super rich who strut about, chests puffed out, crowing over their forgettable little achievements.
The world has what we might call an “underdeveloped anthropology.” Christian, the problem is not that we think too highly of ourselves, but not highly enough; and not that we think of ourselves as sinful but not sinful enough.
We have a “dual identity”—we are both images of God and products of the Fall. The Creation has made us like a god, and the Fall has made us like a devil.
Don’t be fooled by the world’s low view of man—it’s so much worse than that. In the heart of every man is the ability to revile people made in the image of God while simultaneously worshipping a four-wheeled god made of steel and leather.
Don’t be deceived by the world’s high view of man—it’s so much greater than that. You are God’s most excellent creation, His highest achievement, and the full expression of His creative genius. God was at His very best when He made you.
Now that’s an anthropology I can live with.
© 2002 Patrick M. Morley. All rights reserved. This article may be reproduced for any non-commercial use with proper attribution.