I’ve been wondering why that is so? Why, though his life is the frequent subject of sermon series, do we manage to avoid so much of it? I think it may be because we have fallen into a trap of seeing his story solely in the light of good example. He is our great example of faith and we should therefore avoid the dark corners of his life, for fear that we might adopt a bad role model.
But is that really the way it is? Must we airbrush his life, making extensive use of our theological photoshop to make it as attractive as possible? And what does all of this say about how we read the bible?
I want to re-read the story, traversing some strange, unmarked territory, but also looking again at some of the familiar stuff all in an effort to find some humanity in the guy. Assuming it’s there.