If you overesteem great men,
people become powerless.
If you overvalue possessions,
people begin to steal.
– The Tao Te Ching, Section 3
For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not being merely human?
What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each.
– 1 Corinthians 3:4-5 ESV
One of the things we run into are the cults of personalities. People who may have great wisdom and insight and are worth following, but who we begin to put on pedestals and idolizing.
This is not a new phenomenon and many people, myself included, have done it. It is either when you meet them and realize they are fallible humans with the own quirks just like you, or when they publicly stumble and fall that you realize you have overesteemed them.
Place things in their proper context. Listen to people with good insight, but don’t pedestalize them. Worship God, not any man. If you have the opportunity, meet the men who you idolize. The pedestal in your mind will be torn down, but you may gain a friend in reality.
Worship today. Spend time with family today, with your extended family today if you get the opportunity. Be wise as serpents, and as gentle as doves unless a threat arises. Have a good Sunday.