All eyes around the world have been directed towards the selection and inauguration of a new Pope. The media have all made their trips to the Vatican and are celebrating the returned equilibrium of cosmic forces after the transition. There has been a great tome of writing regarding the misdirected hope placed in a sinful man we refer to as Pope. As I have read bits and pieces of the commentary floating around the internet I’ve been struck by a slightly different observation.
As biblical Jesus-followers we should feel our discernment meter peaking as we notice the divine hope that has been misdirected away from the Savior and towards a sinful man. I believe there has been much said about this and little I could add to words already available. What I find fascinating is the tendency of protestant evangelicals to adamantly criticize the hope placed in a Pope while we are swimming in a culture of pastoral celebrity worship.