A homeless man became an instant hero in Melbourne.
When he saw a knife-wielding man at Bourke Street lunging at the police, he used his shopping trolley to repeatedly ram the attacker.
The police eventually shot the terrorist who by then had stabbed three people, one fatally.
The homeless man became a social media sensation. He was nicknamed “Trolley Man” whose quick action was filmed by witnesses.
For his heroic deed, someone initiated an online petition to help the homeless man “to lead a more fulfilling life and achieve the goals and outcomes he wants.” A sum of A$140,000 was raised for him.
But a few days later, police discovered this homeless man was involved in a terrifying smash and grab burglary just hours before he helped police take down the terrorist.
The instant hero became an instant zero. The authorities are still trying to locate his whereabouts.
Despite being charged with a string of offences, many still went on to praise the character of this “hero” calling him a “lovely guy, such a gentleman, polite, kind … always puts people first.”
And it makes me wonder if the present culture is awash with such naïve positivity about human goodness.
We seem to want to believe every person is intrinsically good. But contrary to scriptural assessment, every person is intrinsically bad.
“There is no one who does good, not even one” (Psalm 14:3).
“What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin, as it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands; no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless; no one does good, not even one” (Romans 3:9-12).
“You are good person” is a myth. It is a lie.
If it weren’t so, Jesus didn’t need to come. The good news of Christmas is:
“And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21).