There is a novel by the writer Dostoevsky titled, The Idiot. There is a central character in this novel, Prince Myshkin, who does not fit in to the society around him.
His peers are striving for status and power. They judge each other on the basis of money or appearance or family connections. In their world, there is no real friendship or intimacy.
People use each other to meet their own needs. And into this world walks Prince Myshkin. He just doesn’t get it. He treats everyone, whether poor or rich, with respect and kindness. He has no hidden agenda, no need to dominate others.
He is pure in thought, word, and deed. This makes him a fool in other people’s eyes. At the same time, all these empty, cynical, status-seeking people are strangely drawn to him. He attracts others, not through money or power, but through the strength of his character.
The Idiot. If that is what an idiot is, I wish that we could all be idiots for Christ.
As Saint Paul says, “We are fools for Christ” (1Corinthians 4:10).
Thanks to King Duncan for sharing this. Thanks to Lachlan for the photo.
Think of a situation where YOU responded to YOUR inner voice, “What would Jesus Do or Say?”
THE JESUS INSIDE ME IS STRONGER THAN THE DARKNESS THAT THREATENS TO OVERTAKE ME!