Futility Lives Here

The myth of Sisyphus was a favorite of mine when we studied the mythology of the Greeks. If one recalls, Sisyphus is the man whose eternal punishment was to roll a huge boulder up a hill only to have it roll back down as he neared the summit.

The story is invoked when an illustration of futility is needed, for an apt one it is, at least from Sisyphus’ perspective.

No matter how many grains of morality we gather from hearing this myth, it is astounding that some of our actions and attitudes show that we are not immune from rolling our proverbial boulders up our own hills.

One such boulder which is defiantly and may I say proudly, continuously pushed up that hill, is the boulder of not taking God at His Word. That this is par for the course for people who for now, remain in the dark is of no surprise to anyone.

That this is done by professing followers of Christ is nothing short of astounding. It’s almost as if we have forgotten (at best) or completely disregarded (at worst) the event that got us in the mess we are all born into. As David H. Stern wrote in his Jewish New Testament Commentary,

Although in a formal sense Adam’s sin was eating the forbidden fruit, the essence of it was his apostatizing from God, opposing Him, rebelling against Him personally, substituting his own will for God’s will. This he did out of pride, unbelief, desire to be like God (self-exaltation) and unholy satisfaction in doing what had been prohibited.

The Fall of Man, the event that necessitated the sacrifice of the Son of God on the cross. Necessitated because without the redemption found in Christ Jesus we all have to pay the consequence of our fallen state.

Given our inability to judge ourselves impartially, when we revel in “unholy satisfaction in doing what had been prohibited” it does not seem as horrendous or downright stupefying.

After witnessing the sheer brazenness of a brother or sister’s total disregard for what God has indeed said, it should not be cause to revel and be revolted so much as to humble us to recognize that there are times when we ourselves fall short.

Not to mention the extant realization that we are but sinners saved by God’s grace, and because of that we can say with confidence that all is well with our souls and thus, futility no longer lives here.

One Response to Futility Lives Here

  1. Kimita says:

    this is great and should be submitted to a magazine for publication.

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