Ant, Bradley and Suu Kyi: Real Rehab for Fallen Heroes
The family-friendly TV host Ant McPartlin has returned to rehab.
Ant and Dec have entertained us for nearly 20 years. Saturday nights aren’t the same without them.
Now Ant’s charged with drink driving having nearly taken the life of a little girl.
Bradley Wiggins is the legend of that great sporting year, 2012.
Wiggins was the winner of the Tour de France and a handful of Olympic golds.
But his success is now under scrutiny. Some of the substances he and his team were taking were dubious.
It may turn out to be a witch-hunt with no basis. But at best, Team Sky pushed their ethical standards too close to the line.
Aung San Suu Kyi was the human rights hero who won the Nobel Peace Prize for standing against the military rule in Myanmar.
She spent years under house arrest. Once freed, it looked like she’d establish a democracy in the country.
Now as Prime Minister, it’s on her watch that we’re witnessing ethnic cleansing of Rohingya Muslims.
All three were heroes at one time. But all three are human, unable to bear the weight of glory of being a hero.
The Bible describes God’s glory like a weight, unbearable for any human being.
‘I am the Lord; that is my name! I will not yield my glory to another.’ (Isaiah 42:8)
It might seem arrogant.
But none of us can bear a hero’s glory for too long. All human heroes will fail when we give them glory or look for it ourselves.
This glory is God’s.
Giving him the glory is our real rehab – a refuge for all of us cracking under the burden of trying to be a hero.
Who do you glory in?