Man is hungry for status like he is hungry for food (and they say the public schools don’t teach you anything!).
Are there any ways the gospel can satisfy our need for status?
I can think of three likelihoods.
1. The righteous and redeemed permanently have a status superior to that of the animals and the plants and the elements.
2. The righteous and redeemed have a status superior to that of their children who they are guiding towards righteousness and redemption.
3. This is the big one. In my conceit, I think this may be an important idea that may also be original. The idea is that we our superior to and have status over ourselves.
Remember Eve’s explanation that we need to fall and have sorrow if we are to have joy? It seems like Man can’t really understand that he is experiencing joy unless he has had some sorrow to compare it to.
When we try to domesticate pride and status we often try to say that they are OK if they don’t involve comparisons. You can be proud of your accomplishments, we say, but you can’t be proud of them because other people have failed to accomplish them. You can be happy that you ran cross-country in 17 minutes, but you can’t be happy that you came in first.
But I don’t think this is possible. I think you have to have that comparison, even if you try to suppress it or redirect it or pretend otherwise.
But taking satisfaction in other’s failures is still evil. And when we are all immortal Gods in communion with the Father and the Son, no one will be failing anymore. What then?
We will have our own failings to compare ourselves to, our mortal filth before the God redeemed us and raised us up.