Thursday, October 14, 2010

A Resurrection Story

As did most of you, I watched the rescue of the 33 miners in Chile some yesterday. Truly amazing!

Last night on Bret Baier's newscast, he asked his "All Star Panel," Mara Liasson (NPR) and Charles Krauthammer (op-ed columnist for The Washington Post), for their "take" on the rescue. Two very different ways of telling the "story" of the rescue emerged. Krauthammer cited the now-famous comment from one of the miners (that he was caught in the middle of a battle between God and the Devil, and that God had won!) and said that the story here was more one of the transcendent and the spiritual than anything else: thirty-three miners in the bowels of the earth, dead and buried, as it were, for 70 days (a number of "biblical proportion"), and then, miraculously brought up from the grave in this amazing (what shall we call it?)…deliverance from death. It was at bottom, he said, "a resurrection story." But when Mara Liasson was asked to comment, she said that the story here was more one of the triumph of technology and the human spirit. I guess that's what you have left when you take God out of the story.

It makes a difference how you tell your story! Personally, I'll go with Krauthammer. I know that story. It's called "gospel."

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