A Few Words About Jesus
Late last year the world’s attention was captured by news of Nelson Mandela’s death. He was indeed a great man, whose accomplishments are legendary. His perseverance and political actions changed not only South Africa but the world.
But I was disturbed by the way some in the media deified Mandela during the weeklong announcement of his passing and funeral. One ebullient TV personality crowed that Mandela was “another Jesus,” exhibiting patience, exercising forgiveness, and loving his enemies.
As much as I agree that Mandela left an unparalleled legacy of grace, I strongly disagree with the reference that he was “another Jesus.” If the …