Friday, February 20, 2009

The bigger picture


Many years ago, Kevin Carter set out to photograph the atrocities that were transpiring in Sudan Africa. One day while sitting outside the United Nations food camp, Kevin saw something unfold before his eyes that would change him forever. Seemingly, out of nowhere there appeared a weak and famined child who was doing everything possible to reach the food station. Before she could reach her destination however, she collapsed. Suddenly there appeared a vulture behind her, and from that heart breaking  moment is where we get this picture. Kevin made a quick decision which was photographing first and intervening second. Undoubtedly, there was a series of factors that contributed to his decision, perhaps some were noble while others were not. We'll never know because shortly after taking this picture, Kevin ended his own life in spite of the fact that he had just been awarded a Pulitzer Prize. Kevin's instincts were that of a good photographer, but Kevin's depression was possibly induced by the feeling that all humanity, including his own, was entering an irreversible void. Life becomes most disturbing when human beings cease being human. There's yet to be found any duplicate for the wonder that takes place when life touches life, even if it's under grim circumstances. A deeper sense of reality settles in when we see how easily God could have opted to never intervene in our lives. Instead He became a man, and His Life touched our life. The bigger picture for God is not our possessions- the junkyards will lay claim to those, but rather it's our souls. Jewish theology rejects the notion of original sin, the New Testament does not. Because of Adam all men are sinners, and thus all men have one common destiny as they do one common ancestor. Unchecked, that destiny is a life entrenched in sin and darkness. It is entirely impossible for us to justify ourselves when we consider that were born sinners. The human soul craves justification and redemption feverishly, and if  that craving is not satiated by God we will implement it ourselves. I suppose that rejecting original sin and taking credit for our good deeds as well as our bad ones, is ideal ... if you don't believe in Jesus. Paul refers to the Cross as the Jewish stumbling block, but time has proven it to be the stumbling block of all men. It is a difficult thing to subject the ego to Jesus and then abdicate every notion that you're responsible for all your triumphs and tragedies. God did not come to earth because we are all great people but neither did He reject us because we've all fallen short of His mercy. I want to care about my soul as much as Jesus does. If me being saved is the bigger picture in His eyes, I want it to be the bigger picture in my eyes as well. 

AP

3 comments:

Aseri's Blog said...

thats crazy!!!

Carol Connell said...

Great post, Brother Prado. May God impress upon our hearts and minds the value of our own souls and of those souls for whom we are reaching.

Jennifer Connell said...

Brother Prado,

I remember you preaching at our church and talking about that picture that the man took before he helped, but I had not seen it until now...thanks for sharing. I really want to reach out to more people.