In the entrance hall of Rockefeller Center in
there are four large murals that depict the progress of mankind. The first painting is a picture of primitive man laboring with his hands in an attempt to survive in his alien environment. In the second scene, he has become the inventor of tools, and the comforts of his civilization are multiplying. The third mural shows man to be both master and servant of the machine, and the vast forces of the material world are under his direction and control. The last picture shows Christ delivering the Sermon on the Mount, and reaching up toward Him are struggling masses of men, women, and children. Underneath the mural are these words: New York City
Man’s ultimate destiny depends not on
whether he can learn new lessons or make new
discoveries or conquests, but on his
acceptance of the lesson taught him close to
2,000 years ago.
This is the artist’s way of saying that true wisdom for man is adjustment to, and acceptance of, God’s revealed truth. It lies in seeing himself, the creature, in right perspective to God, the Creator, and in acting accordingly. Truly, we must seek the qualities possessed by Christ Himself who is “the wisdom of God” (1 Cor. ).