This is ridiculous! First, business student in India are buying Adolf Hitler’s autobiography for inspiration and now educators in San Francisco are hailing Jimi Hendrix as a great role model. Is it me or has the world gone completely mad?
To the students in India, Meim Kampf is not a book on business organization strategies, but rather a hate-filled memoir of insanity. In Meim Kampf, Hitler lays out his anti-semitism and his plans to eradicate the Jews and others who he feels are “inferior.” This is not good business. In fact, it didn’t even work because bigger “businesses” ended his nefarious practices.
To the educators in San Francisco, I know you do things a little differently in San Francisco. But just because Jimi Hendrix was arguably one of the best guitar players that ever lived doesn’t make him a good role model…for the education system. Hendrix never graduated from high school, was known for his drug use, and died choking on his own vomit after a drug binge. This isn’t “hip,” it’s crazy. Not only that, but it’s a waste of the taxpayers money.
Travel with me to a place called it’s-never-gonna-happen and imagine that students in India bought the Bible and studied the book of Proverbs for insight on business and the educators hailed a Jewish teacher named Jesus as a role model for students. Of course, that would be completely ridiculous, right? Especially the Jesus part, since he is a religious figure and all. I would have to argue that the Son of God has been a pretty good role model for me and that the Bible has helped me through all sorts of decisions, including ones that break the heart and wound the spirit.
It’s sad to live in a world that hails Hitler’s manifesto as good literature and Jimi Hendrix as a childhood hero. Yet it’s a world longing for inspiration and heroism—something we Christians have to offer through the gospel, in our lives and dealings with others, and our study of Scripture. Never has it been clearer to me than now.
Offer the world the hope you have and give them a reason to ask you about that faith you have. Be visible. Be active. And do it now. The world is dying to know Truth.