Game Changers

game changers

But there is a great difference between Adam’s sin and God’s gracious gift. For the sin of this one man, Adam, brought death to many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:15)

Read: 1 Chronicles 28:1 – 29:30, Romans 5:6-21, Psalm 15:1-5, Proverbs 19:18-19

Relate: Karl Marx wrote that history is nothing but the actions of men in pursuit of their ends. I tend to agree. Through most of time, the study of history was little more than the study of great men and how they changed and shaped the world around them. Most historians have shied away from this approach. Today’s historians will instead focus more on the forces of society, the “Guns, Germs, and Steel” and say that what we have called great men are nothing more than the product of the inevitable flow of the river of change that is history. Because of the social, cultural, and economic situations in France, a Joan of Arc coming along was destined to happen. Julius Caesar was nothing more than the inevitable outcome of Rome evolving from a republic to an empire thanks to their military prowess, territorial expansion, and the huge influx of money and slaves.

I tend to disagree. Yes, in some ways even the greatest men are products of their society. Temujin, commonly known as Genghis Khan, could not help but be a Mongol.  Raised by Philip and taught by Aristotle, Alexander the Great was a Macedonian greek through and through. But Macedonian society did not make an Alexander inevitable. Mongol society most certainly was not inexorably headed towards world conquest. If history is the flow of the river of time, great men are the bends in the river. Yes, they are products of that river, but after their appearance on the stage, the river will ever flow in a new direction. For good or bad, whether it is Solomon, Socrates, or Stalin, our world is a different place because of the lives they lived. They are the game changers.

React: Without doubt, the two greatest game changers ever are Adam and Christ. Adam did not just change the direction of the river, he poisoned it. Not only did he introduce death to our world, he made life impossible. He set a precedent that every individual, every family, and every society since has followed. That precedent is sin. He forever altered our genetic makeup towards a predisposition to sin and each and every one of us since that time has fallen prey to that tendency. We have all sinned. We have all passed from life to death.

Except one. Even though He was tempted in every way just as we are, only one man was able to stand against the flow. Although we measure time around the presumed year of His birth, it is actually three days over three decades later around which all of time flows. Time itself came to a stop and all of history, past and future, held its breath when He who knew no sin became sin for us. He paid the wages all of us earned and was laid in that grave all of us deserve. And then… exhale. He arose. He didn’t just change the game. He created a whole new board and rewrote the rules. He didn’t just change the flow of the river, He created a whole new spring. He purified what had been poisoned. Because of Adam we must all pass from life to death. Because of Christ, we may also pass through death to life.

Respond: 

God, I thank You that You did not leave us to our own devices. I am so grateful that You did not just let history run its course. I am so glad You stepped in and forever changed its direction. I am so glad You rewrote the script. Because You were a point of change, I am a different man. Because of Your death and resurrection, I can now pass from death to life.

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18 thoughts on “Game Changers

  1. In case you were wondering…

    Top Row: Winston Churchill, Mother Teresa, Genghis Khan, Shaka Zulu
    Middle: Julius Caesar, Chairman Mao, Constantine, Hatsepshut
    Bottom: Barack Obama, Socrates, Amelia Earhart, Gandhi

    I am not saying anything for or against any of the figures shown here. I just started randomly thinking of people who have shaped history and plugged their pictures in as the names came to me (not in the order you see them). I am sure there are plenty of people just as deserving but if you want to compound, critique or criticize my list feel free. Just please be nice about it. 🙂

  2. I have often heard of and studied the Adam and Christ comparison but never thought to apply it from “game changer” perspective, when in essence, that’s exactly what they were. I really enjoyed reading this article. Great post!

  3. Beejai, I have this against the list of game changers – it is incomplete without your own picture! I subscribe to your philosophy of history. History is theological in span but anthropological in significance. And Christ creates the chance, connects the chain, corrects the change from the beginning to His death, and charts the new course of history for ever and ever.

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  5. In our individual sphere of influence, every being is a game changer for we have been sent to be a change agent. Thanks for broadening my mind by this post. Kudos!

  6. I love reading your blog. As a Christian who hasn’t grown for a while, I love to read your perspective on things. Thank you and please keep it up.

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