There is an element of narcissism to all of this, isn’t there? In Job, chapters 35 – 37, Elihu continues his discourse and lets Job and company know just where he stands. He tells Job in v.8 of chapter 35, “Your wickedness affects only a man like yourself, and your righteousness only the sons of men” (New International Version). It plainly seems like Elihu is suggesting that Job’s actions only affect himself and those around him, and that God does not need Job to behave in any certain manner. Perhaps Job is thinking to highly of himself and making himself more important than he actually is?
The discourse continues in v. 9-12, and Elihu hits them with another zinger. “Men cry out under a load of oppression; they plead for relief from the arm of the powerful. But no one says, ‘Where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night, who teaches more to us than the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds of the air?’ He does not answer when men cry out because of the arrogance of the wicked.”
Here in Arizona, we have teachers protesting for higher pay and more funding for public schools. Kanye made national news by seemingly suggesting that slavery was a choice. He may have simply meant that minorities are still slaves in their minds, but there were rumors that he also may have been intoxicated. So, let’s maybe not look to Kanye to be a voice for anyone?
Here’s the thing. If someone has a public platform, it does not automatically suggest they are right. Or accurate. Or a voice for an entire group of people. But when someone has a public platform, anything they say and do is subject to distortion, misinterpretation, scrutiny, and ridicule. That is only fair. And that is the way it works.
Amidst all the chaos, young Elihu is able to step back and ask, “Where is God in all of this?” It is fitting that I type this on the National Day of Prayer.
Pray for Kanye.
Pray for public schools.
Because God knows they need it.