“No one is without some part to play, some role to fill as building material. No stone is useless.” Pope Francis
“Everyone gets to play” John Wimber
“After God, the priest is everything.” Pope Benedict
Jean Paul Sartre, a French existentialist, famously wrote “No Exit.” Sarte was a prophetic writer from the dark side. As “No Exits” suggests, the only door awaiting you at life’s end is emptiness, darkness, and nothingness. Sarte is the reason we are a nation on Prosaic. Even though I am a Christian, I experience seasons where life is similar to a long trial that ends without an escape hatch (cf. Camus, “The Trial.”)
Don’t climb to the attic to escape the rising waters only to forget an ax.
In a culture with no windows or doors to the afterlife, the good news is found in Jesus, the only door to heaven (cf. John 10). Isaiah, the sublime prophet, suggests someone in the future will serve as God’s key to God’s door:
I will place the key of the House of David on Eliakim’s shoulder;
when he opens, no one shall shut
when he shuts, no one shall open.
I will fix him like a peg in a sure spot,
to be a place of honor for his family.”
Jesus fulfilled Isaiah when He said, “I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven;
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (cf. Matthew 16)
There is something un-American in believing Peter is God’s key.
Admittedly, for most of us, our key to interpretation is “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
It’s easier to become a Christian in South America than in America. We have 1001 blinders to overcome.
America is great but hopefully, one day America will become great for leading people to God.