Another brick in the wall?

I have a confession. I probably listened to Pink Floyd a bit too much in my teenage years. My favorite album was Momentary Lapse of Reason (Dogs of War was my football anthem). However, you can’t appreciate Pink Floyd without enjoying The Wall, the 1979 rock opera that describes the descent of a troubled rock star, Pink, into madness [1]. A pivotal reminiscence from Pink’s youth is captured in “Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)”.

We don’t need no education
We don’t need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave them kids alone
Hey teacher leave them kids alone
All in all it’s just another brick in the wall
All in all you’re just another brick in the wall

Since the final phrase is so familiar to me, I was thrilled to read a similar statement in God’s word.

And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. (1 Peter 2:5)

This describes our position in God’s kingdom as followers of Jesus Christ, our risen Savior. It tells us that we hold a critical position in God’s family; we are sons and daughters that are being weaved into God’s diverse, extended family, the church that Jesus established.

We are living stones (bricks) that are intentionally stacked one upon another in a specific pattern beginning with the cornerstone, Jesus.

You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by people, but he was chosen by God for great honor. (1  Peter 2:4)

Don’t be confused. When your circumstances, environment, friends, or acquaintances question your value, do not accept the lie that you are unimportant or unloved. You are a living stone designed to take your place with Jesus in God’s holy temple.

Be blessed brick!


About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
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