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Remove the Pedestal


Remove the pedestal

A few years ago my family and I visited the Creation Museum in Kentucky (For the record, it’s amazing and you should go!).  While visiting the petting zoo within the park, I was leaning against the donkey fence.  The seemingly gentle donkey was hanging its head between the fencing as I stood there.  Without warning, the donkey turned its head and bit my thigh.  Feeling the pain of my skin pinched tightly, I punched the ass in the head.  The donkey felt nothing and I limped away with a sore leg and swollen hand.

 

Don’t let that story scare you, you should still go the Creation museum, just be wise to the donkey!  I tell you that story to say this … pain causes reaction and every human is different as to how they handle it.  :roll:


 

In my young Christian development years, I was drawn to many of John Paul Jacksons teachings.  He spoke with wisdom from Father, yet he also exposed his humanity.  In one of his teachings he said something that is still with me to this day … “Please don’t put me on a pedestal.”  I still hear the crack in his voice as he spoke it.  He expressed the pain both parties endure when Father God takes the pedestal away … some pedestals are being removed from me and I feel like I punched the donkey again.  😯

 

If you are on the pedestal, you may feel like this:

  • You fear people won’t like you if you expose your true feelings
  • Looking as if you got it all together is important
  • You think, I can handle “it” on my own
  • You believe, you are strong therefore don’t need another
  • You desire wholeness, yet are unwilling to examine your own faults

 

If you have placed someone on a pedestal, it may look like this:

  • You thought they would never hurt you
  • Your disappointment in them has caused division in relationship
  • If you’ve ever said this, “They, of all people!”
  • You look to someone as your moral / ethical / spiritual compass instead of Christ

 

Pedestals create idols, or this case, the thinking that certain people (including yourself) are not subject to the ugly side of humanity, including knee jerk and immature reactions to pain felt.  The truth is, people will bite, their words will hurt … and everyone reacts differently to the pain of having a pedestal removed.

 

I have placed people on a pedestal, and likewise, I too have been placed on a pedestal.  Both perspectives cause us to take our eyes off Christ and on our self.

 

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The pedestals that cause one to be perfect and another to be inferior … the only way to remove them is to accept everyone as they are … human … with flaws, imperfections, trust issues, pain and temperaments … we will all fall victim to a bite and a punch, in a sense we can all be asses (again, just sayin)Yet, God used an ass to speak into sight the unseen glory  …

 

Then the Lord opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you, that you have struck me these three times?”

And Balaam said to the donkey, “Because you have abused me. I wish there were a sword in my hand, for now I would kill you!”

So the donkey said to Balaam, “Am I not your donkey on which you have ridden, ever since I became yours, to this day? Was I ever disposed to do this to you?”

And he said, “No.”

Then the Lord opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the Angel of the Lord standing in the way with His drawn sword in His hand; and he bowed his head and fell flat on his face.

 

You may be thinking, “Okay, this is a stretch.  How can a donkey be placed on a pedestal.”  Balaam reacted in anger when the donkey didn’t react the way he had always known it to react to his leading.  Balaam had his donkey on a pedestal of servant hood.  When we expect people to respond in a manner that we perceive to be right, we’ve placed them on a pedestal of servant hood to us.

 

Remove the pedestal and allow Christ to be seen in your life.

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June 3, 2016
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