Quote – Can’t Wash Feet from a Pedestal

“It’s difficult to stand on a pedestal and wash the feet of those below. – Chuck Colson

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Our American celebrity culture where we are all driven to accomplish and be seen as important runs so deeply counter to the teaching of Jesus. This short sentence captures a vital warning:

“It’s difficult to stand on a pedestal and wash the feet of those below.”

For a culture that is enthralled with the idea of getting on a pedestal, a platform, a ministry, where it seems like we consider celebrity to be it’s own kind of good, these words are a corrective.

Chuck Colson is a controversial figure. He served under Richard Nixon and had a role in the Watergate scandal, for which he served time in prison. He had a mid-life conversion to Christianity and became a vocal figure in the Evangelical right.

I can’t get behind everything he has said or been involved with, but he definitely has some personal experience about the destructive power of the pedestals we put leaders on.

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