We Presbyterians have shared our faith with some famous folks. This group includes nine U.S. Presidents: Jackson; Polk; Buchanan; Hayes; Cleveland; Harrison; Wilson; Eisenhower and Reagan, and 12 Vice Presidents, along with three U.S. Supreme Court justices.
In business circles arguably our best known coreligionists include Andrew Carnegie, and Sam Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart. The famous and the infamous also include J. Edgar Hoover, of the FBI, and Alger Hiss accused of spying for the Soviet Union.
The silver screen has brought us John Wayne, Roy Rogers, Richard Burton and Jimmy Stewart, along with Debbie Reynolds, Shirley Temple and Greer Garson. Authors include Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), and William Faulkner. The small screen gave us David Brinkley, and the sciences gave us James Watt (the inventor of the steam engine), Arthur Compton (Nobel Laureate in physics), and Sally Ride the teacher/astronaut.
Their fame notwithstanding, each of these, the famous and the infamous, have all gone to meet our God, and each of them faced that moment of judgment when all their thoughts, words and deeds were laid out for examination while knowing that no amount of worldly fame would sway His judgment.
Sic transit Gloria mundi! (“Thus passes the glory of the world”).