Brain Damage

It’s been a week or so since the Cosby story really started gaining momentum. Similar time has passed since my last post… The NPR “no response” story was what prompted me to begin drafting a blog post last week, and the process has taken me on a ride. I did not want my desire to write about the subject to push me into positions of either judgment, or defense of the man in question. So I pondered a bit, and ultimately came back to my initial observation of the NPR story in particular.

After hearing of Bill’s response to Scott Simon’s inquiry, memory and my immediate process of thought caused me to recall a story of a child with “brain damage”. It was Cosby’s own observations of a guilty child and his less-than-intelligent response when caught in the act of unacceptable behavior. The story was clear that the child had been given direction mere moments prior to the act, distinguishing right and wrong. Nevertheless, the child chooses a direction against the wishes of the parent, and this very recent instruction.

For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not what I want, but the very thing I hate. Romans 7:15

Such is the dilemma of humanity documented first in Genesis. My first memorable exposure to the Genesis story was delivered to me in a somewhat non-traditional way. This introduction to Adam’s fall was etched in my memory by Cosby in the very same performance that included the bit about “brain damage”.

The Cosby delivery of this story was not intended to be a profession of faith, and that fact he makes clear in the material. The story is meant to entertain as an observation of human imperfection. How common this observation can be in any given person’s daily walk – no more so than the first glance during a man’s morning shave. How much more interesting is it to observe a once-beloved star falling rather ungracefully, than to acknowledge one’s own folly and adjust according to God’s will?

It is my prayer that the imperfection of humanity, not just a man, is the “big idea” we can take away from the unfortunate situation. We are charged in Philippians 2:3 to regard others above ourselves. It is to this ideal that we strive, but when we fall short, it is only the blood of Christ which saves a sinner.



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