We lost a husband, dad, friend, brother, and coworker last night. Phil Skellie was out for a walk and God decided that He wanted Phil’s work on earth to be finished – so He took him. I will miss Phil.
Last week I wrote about how much I value the unsung heroes of our church, not just the heroes that get the accolades and honor. Phil walked on both sides of that spectrum, and he did it well. Most of you probably don’t know how respected and valued Phil was around the Alliance – both in the U.S. and globally. Frankly, I am not sure Phil knew how much he was respected, but I hope the days to come will reveal and reflect some of that respect to Becky and his kids.
It never ceases to amaze me who we choose to elevate as heroes. For most of us we have a hero for virtually every activity or position to which we aspire. As a kid, my hero was a Brazilian soccer player nicknamed Dr. Socrates. I had his poster on my wall and tried to mimic his creativity and ball distribution. But I knew nothing of his character, family, or faith – and I didn’t really care.
As I grew older, my values for my heroes changed but I still found myself elevating different characters that had no character. Instead of abandoning our heroes we find ourselves defending our hero’s deplorable behavior and attacking the heroes of others. We call it loyalty, but is it possible that we just...