Assumed Authority

I had a conversation recently where it was implied that a person who had good qualities in one area would therefore have good qualities in another.

This happens all the time. 

There are people who are famous for being famous–Kardashians, Jenkners, Paris Hilton, and so on. They endorse some product, and we assume since they are famous that the product must be good. Except the (very) fine print may state that they are being paid to endorse the product.

We do that with athletes and Hollywood stars. Because they are good at one thing, we accept their expertise in something else–maybe politics for instance.

When you are choosing a guru to follow, do you go for famous? Or, do you look for someone who reinforces your existing prejudices? Or, someone who stretches your spirituality?

Do you let the baseball player tell you how to interpret New Testament Greek?

I’ve thought about this before. 

I like to make conscious and mindful choices about what news to read as well as whom to trust with influencing my theology. I might read widely, but I’ll come back to ancient thinkers and writers and especially the Bible itself for the test of what to believe.

You are probably going to be a disciple of someone. Choose wisely.

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