”I have no right, by anything I do or say, to demean a human being in his own eyes. What matters is not what I think of him; it is what he thinks of himself. To undermine a man or woman’s self-respect is a sin.” Antoine de Saint -Exupery I wish I had learned this lesson sooner in life but like so many other lessons I wish I had had the courage to actually put what I had learned in to action.
Antoine de Sanit-Exupery wrote a book called “The Little Prince.” This wonderful little book circulated around the college campuses in the late 60s and early 70s. So many of us at this time was stumbling around the college campuses searching for meaning and purpose. This beautiful little book was meant to help the reader along as a simple metaphor for life, listening, learning and acting and trying to understand what made sense and what we should do next. George Alder one of San Jose Bible College’s most beloved professors on occasion would read passages out of The Little Prince. After 45 years searching for this meaning I have settled for discipleship that is I am a disciple of Jesus Christ. If people would like to refer to me as a Christian that is perfectly fine and acceptable. One can even referred to me as a person who attends church and a particular church but I don’t follow a church and I am not saved by a church’s doctrine or creed. I am a simple disciple working as hard as I can to understand the words of Jesus and his teaching found in the New Testament and found in the books of the Old Testament. I’m no longer fumbling around for what to believe but in all honesty I continued to fumble around on how to do it right. I think any mature Christian will answer the same and that is we are all trying to follow Christ the best that we can and even though we fall short of the glory of God, as Romans 8: 1 says there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. In other words I am saved and I am made whole by the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross for me and for that matter all of us.
The quote that I used from The Little Prince specifically had to do with judgment and hurting others. I take this message from The Little Prince very seriously and appreciate its teaching because it coincides with the teaching of Christ. What we say to people and how we judge people and how we treat people can do great good our great damage. We need to think about what we say before we say it. A simple lesson for us all but a great lesson for us all. God bless you. Corky Riley November 17, 2014