I am enjoying reading Gentle and Lowly by Dane Ortlund. Ortlund compares more privileged authors to the less privileged Bunyan. Here’s the quote from Gentle and Lowly: “By the world’s standards, everything was against Bunyan’s making a lasting impact on human history. But this is just how the Lord delights to work — taking the sidelined and the overlooked and giving them quietly pivotal roles in the unfolding of redemptive history.” The Bible develops this theme by emphasizing the low man on the totem pole like Jacob over Esau, Joseph over his older brothers, and David left out in the field while his brothers line up to see who’s going to be king, ad-infinitum. The Bible carries this theme to the cross where Jesus takes the low position (Phil 2). The temptation to valuing the people who went to the best schools, grew up in the wealthy homes of status, etc. more than valuing people of lower circumstance should be avoided since God does not operate on the basis of such criteria. Another book I am enjoying right now is G. K. Chesterton‘s biography of Charles Dickens. The first chapter is a masterful essay on this same theme from a literary critics point of view. Dickens shares this unlikeliness of circumstance with Bunyan. God uses people in both sets of circumstances but seems to value or delight in using the disadvantaged because it brings his glory into greater focus.