Not interested in people famous for being famous

Published 5:59 pm Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Maybe you’ve heard about people who are famous for being famous.

They’ve really never done anything to speak of, but they’ve somehow figured out a way to get into the spotlight —and the fans of almost anything take them the rest of the way.

I’m much more interested in people who’ve actually done something, and because my background is in science, many of my heroes are scientists. Nikola Tesla was No. 1 on the list I found on LinkedIn.

Nikola could speak eight languages and recite a whole book after one reading. He generated an AC current before Edison.

Marconi, who won the Nobel prize for inventing the radio, used Tesla’s ideas. The seeds for the discovery of X-rays by Roentgen and RADAR by Watson-Watt were first planted by Nikola Tesla.

Albert Einstein was No. 2 as the father of modern physics for his contribution in developing the general theory of relativity based on the most famous equation of all-time, E=mc2.

He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1921, ”For his work on theoretical physics, and for his discovery of the photoelectric effect.”

Sir Isaac Newton was No.3. He explained the theory of gravity by inventing calculus, as no other principles could explain it, and he explained that tides occurred due to the gravitation pull from the sun, moon and earth.

I’m also interested in those famous for their faith, “These are the names of David’s famous soldiers: the first was Josheb Basshebeth from Tachemon, who was the leader of ‘The Three;’ he fought with his spear against 800 men and killed them all in one battle.” The Lord won a great victory that day.

The second was Eleazar, son of Dodo, of the clan of Ahoh. One day he and David challenged the Philistines who had gathered for battle.

The Israelites fell back, but he stood his ground and fought the Philistines until his hand was so cramped that he could not let go of his sword.

And so we’ve come full circle from those who are famous for being famous to Billy Graham, who preached to more people than anyone in history and said at the end, “I’m a sinner saved by grace, nothing more.”

I too, am nothing more than a sinner saved by grace. I too am nothing more than a sinner saved by the death and resurrection of Jesus — and that’s the message of Holy Week and Easter Sunday!

Charles “Buddy” Whatley is a retired pastor from Arizona.