In the modern church people celebrate the best and brightest. The pastor is a good speaker or a good organizer or a good people manager. The people leading the music are the best singers and musicians that group has to offer (which sometimes isn’t much, but that is not the point). The guys who stand before the congregation to read that week’s bible passage are the best orators, the James Earl Jones of the group so to speak. Everyone puts on their best clothes and their best attitude and everyone comes together and celebrates the best.
Jesus hung out with drunks and thieves and prostitutes. He called uneducated fishermen to follow him and to share his message with the rest of us. He washed these people’s feet. He died in the most inglorious manner. he talked about the poor and the weak being blessed.
Paul carried on this concept. He told the people he wrote to that they didn’t have a lot of smart or rich people in their group. He said it like they knew it. He said it was good when we were weak. He said that his weakness showed God’s glory.
Now we celebrate the great speakers and the great writers. We buy their books and their mp3s and we go to their conferences. We eat up every word they say. We walk around telling everyone what these celebrities of the faith have to say.
Finally we’ve got things right. The weak move aside for the strong. The poor get pushed out to make room for the rich. The great speakers stand before us to show us the truth. The great singers and musicians step in to show us all how to properly worship. Finally this Christian thing is set straight. The least are made the least again.