A friend recently forwarded this video to me:
In it comedian and talk show host Steve Harvey interviews a man who returned a pile of cash ($98,000US to be exact) he found stashed in a desk he bought on Craigslist. At one point, our lovable returner-rabbi said, “This was the only option for us. We were taught from a young age to be considerate about the feelings of others.” Great stories like this happen all the time, but I was particularly touched by the crowd’s positive response. They looked upon him with enduring eyes and cheered him with ferocious claps. We could potentially argue that for at least a brief moment, they, who I’m guessing were largely not orthodox Jews, were united by “the human spirit.”
Yet, in a world that seems increasingly marked by selfishness and sadness, I find it hard to believe that “human spirit” on its own could have much to do with this unity much less the man’s decision to return the money outright.
Instead, I propose the human spirit points us to something more. Indeed, we have been created (regardless of how long you believe it took) by a selfless God who wanted us to live in selfless relationship with Him and each other. I invite you to consider what it would look like if we were to return to a time when we believed there might possibly be something outside of ourselves.
The quest for reality will always lead you outside of yourself, for you can’t be your own source (from How People Grow, on sale for $2.99 as of writing).
So, where does this lead us? It leads us to something offensive called “objective truth.” Some things go beyond you. They go beyond your peeps. They go beyond your culture. They are universal. They are untainted by the ebb and flow, the ups and downs, of life. They point us to something, Someone, outside ourselves. This is why C. S. Lewis could confidently pen, “If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.”