Jordan Peterson is a very popular professor of psychology and a clinical psychologist who has become very popular over the past years. Who took a stand against being forced to use preferred pronouns for people who want to be called something other than “him” or “her”.
He has done many studies on the evils of the 20th century, namely the rise of communism, Marxism, totalitarianism, and the like. He has studied the thinking of all the worlds most hated people, Hitler, Stalin, Lennon, etc.
He has not a new take on evil, rather a very old and dare I say, even biblical take on evil.
Many people like to romanticize about what they would do if faced with really hard decisions like those in Nazi Germany. Peterson challenges his students to look at the reality that was and be honest with yourself in that the likelihood of you standing up for those people being hauled off in cattle cars is very low.
Basically, his message to his students is, YOU WOULD NOT BE THE HERO. More than likely, you would have been the cowards singing louder in the church pews just so you could drown out the cries of the people being hauled off to their death, only to tell a story of shame and regret for your action.
Likewise, it seems to me this mentality has permitted the church. When pastors tell the story of David and Goliath, you are cast as the David figure and the Goliath is anything in your life that is a challenge to you, and you must overcome your Goliath. When they tell the story of Joseph and his brother, you are Joseph and all those haters in your life are just trying to hold you down cause God has BIG PLANS for you brother.
Like Mr. Peterson, I think we should take an honest look at ourselves and see that if we were in those situations, we would be the cowards running away from Gol
iath and the brothers who wanted to kill their Joseph and those shouting “crucify him, crucify him” before the crucifixion of our Lord. There are very few men like young David and Joseph. Not only that, they are types of our Lord, foreshadows of attributes of our savior. That is a much more edifying study than to read yourself into the text as the hero.
My challenge to you; is to first not read yourself in as the hero, rather the villain of the story and maybe you will see how amazing God’s grace is. Plus, if you are the hero of your own story, where does Jesus fit in?
“For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person- though perhaps for a good person one would dare even die- but God shows his love for us that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. For if while we were enemies we were reconciled by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.” The words of the Apostle Paul. Romans 5:6-11
Don’t take my word for it, I’m just a No-Good Theologian!