Modern dictate gives loser first placeThere is a popular saying today in competitions that “second place is the first loser.” An exception to this statement is Themistocles, a Greek general from 400 B.C.
By: Pastor Mark, Superior Telegram
There is a popular saying today in competitions that “second place is the first loser.” An exception to this statement is Themistocles, a Greek general from 400 B.C.
The historian Plutarch wrote that Themistocles rose to popular acclaim by being second best. A poll was taken among his fellow officers to determine who was the greatest man. Each officer listed himself first, but Themistocles was listed second on every ballot. Thus, he became the greatest man by coming in second.
I wonder what place God would have if we took a similar ballot today. Most people if asked publically will claim God as the greatest. But when the poll is based on lifestyles and daily preferences, our true feelings tend to show and God falls to second place or less. We are first, then family, entertainment, comfort, etc.
God becomes recognized as our great supporter who exists to make all of our preferences possible. The problem is supporters are rarely ranked first. They tend to take a more distant place.
John the Baptist had the right perspective on who was the greatest. When asked about Jesus, he responded that he was not worthy to unfasten Jesus’ shoes. His philosophy of life was to become less so Jesus could become greater.
Many, today, errantly reverse this idea by making God less so they can become greater. This thinking places God in second or lower place. When this happens, our modern dictum is reversed, and the “loser” is in first place.
Pastor Mark Holmes is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church and has served the Darrow Road Wesleyan Church since 1997.