“People who are making things better”
Here’s a second biblical fact worth remembering on this difficult day: God not only comforts us in suffering, he uses those who suffer to comfort those who suffer.
A Wired article profiles “This Year’s WIRED25: People Who Are Making Things Better.” Unsurprisingly, the technology magazine focused on technologists along with doctors, politicians, media figures, CEOs, and entertainers.
Here’s what I found missing: not a single religious leader made the list.
In Origin Story: A Big History of Everything, historian David Christian seeks to tell the story of the universe in its entirety from its beginning to the present. However, he notes: “Unlike many traditional origin stories, the modern origin story lacks a creator god, though it has energies and particles as exotic as the pantheons of many traditional origin stories. Like the origin stories of Confucianism or early Buddhism, the modern story is about a universe that just is. Any sense of meaning comes not from the universe, but from us humans.”
Anniversaries like today show us the impossibility of such a secular quest.
Humans fly planes into buildings. Humans die from viruses they did not know existed a few months ago. Leaders such as those profiled by Wired can make our lives better, but they cannot give us what we need most: hope for the present and for eternity that only God offers.
The people who are truly “making things better” are those who point us to such hope. They are “wounded healers,” beggars telling other beggars where they found bread.
They know that God “comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” (2 Corinthians 1:4). And they testify with the psalmist, “I have made the Lord GOD my refuge, that I may tell of all your works” (Psalm 73:28).
Whom will you comfort in affliction today?