I like movies about underdogs, nobodies, social rejects, misfits, poor people, who are truly gifted with hidden inner quality and virtue that emerges and triumphs over vanity, fashion, bullying, stupidity, clicks, meanness, selfishness, arrogance, scheming, and greed. I can endure poor scenery, trivial dialog, weak acting and a dull story, if there is a good ending and the outcasts of society are revealed as diamonds in the rough. This is more often closer to reality than the fiction produced by Hollywood in order to support the lure of their sadness. Woody Allen is the poster child of their ideal and schizophrenia.
Scripture is filled with true stories of champion underdogs. The entire nation of Israel is a stellar example. Though we all have flaws, (a central part of the uncut diamond, missing in the Hollywood star), the flaw does not detract from the final hidden finished quality. Sampson, David, Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Elijah, Peter, Paul, all were diamonds in the rough, that eventually accomplished their purpose and destiny and triumphed over the more powerful, better equipped, worldly favored characters. I would include Yeshua, but He was perfect in every respect, without flaw or weakness. The difference was that He surrendered His majesty and took upon Himself the humble state of a servant. He had no particular features of beauty or worldly resource, but in reality and truth He was and is God’s Son Supreme over all creation, glorious beyond compare.
In Yeshua and the diamonds in the rough we find more than a pleasing surface, we see deep into the heart of beauty. These are not snap shots, but moving narratives with plot, theme, purpose and deep meaning. The scriptures speak of this, “Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.” (Psalm 42:7) In contrasts of pain, injustice, offense and rejection with mercy, love, selflessness and forgiveness we experience the difference between defeat and victory. These are stories that are not soon forgotten, but endure and sow seeds of hope and renewal within the hearer. These are melodies with lyrics that break our hearts and bring tears of joy to our eyes. For these diamonds in the rough, the world can not satisfy, as they have another yearning crying deep within, “As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?” ( Psalm 42:1-2)