The Eagle & the Noisy Crows — Thoughts on Dr. Beckwith and his Critics

by Steve Ray on November 14, 2007

Steve Ray here. My kids and I recently pooled together all of our resources and bought land way out in the country on a river with a forest. My daughter and son-in-law's house is already half built and the rest of our family plans to join them soon. Lord willing, I will semi-retire there with all my kids and grandkids surrounding me.

Eagle.jpgIn the middle of our forest, there's an eagle's nest. Over the last few years we've enjoyed observing the two eagle parents as they raise their young. But it is interesting to watch the lesser birds, such as noisy crows and blackbirds, since they don'tblike the eagles. The eagles are bigger and fly higher,  they are threatening to the lesser birds. The eagles eat fish and small mammals and have no interest in the crows and blackbirds — they basically ignore them.

As soon as the majestic eagle spreads his wings and rises into the air the pesty crows and blackbirds come flapping from their hideouts in hot pursuit. It seems the blackbirds are afraid of the eagles so they attack them with the seeming intent to intimidate to eagles to leave or to start a petty fight — or at least to point out to the eagle that he is not better then them. The crows are lucky the eagle ignores them. (See the video clip below.) 

 The same thing happens in human society too, even among Christians. I will explain what I  mean. But first, Dr. Francis Beckwith (interview here), is the former president of the Evangelical Theological Society (a respected and honored position his noisy critics could never dream of achieving). He has an earned doctorate and an impeccible reputation. He was recently received into full communion with the Catholic Church.  Not only did Catholics welcome his entry into the Catholic Church, but many of his more mature, knowledgeable and charitable Evangelical associates regarded his decision with respect too, even if they did not agree with his decision.

EagleNest.jpg(Eagle's nest on our land. For more about our eagles, click here.)

Dr. Beckwith has flown high enough to see the big picture. He is respected the world over as an honest, knowledgeable and respected theologian with great integrity, but there are always noisy crows and blustering blackbirds sitting at their computers who think their raucus attacks and fluffed up feathers prove they are better than the eagle. If it wasn't so pathetic it would be funny.

But as we've watched our eagles, we've learned that the eagle is wise to ignore the blackbirds and continue flying high.  We've noticed that the eagle can always outlast the smaller birds. It rises higher and higher and the less capable and short-sighted blackbirds eventually drop out of site. The eagle soars to the clouds — leaving his know-it-all critics behind and seeing things from an even higher perspective.

By the way, few people notice the crows, but many love the eagles. And like most Christians, I find it best to ignore the noisy crows myself; they are a waste of time.


{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Rachel November 15, 2007 at 12:32 AM

Dr Beckwith, please know that you have a great deal of prayer support from the “warriors” over on DCF. God be with you as move into this new phase of your life.

Dani November 15, 2007 at 12:47 AM

Dr. Beckwith,

God bless you for having the courage and strength to obey Him and follow His call. You are an inspiration. Our prayers are with you.

Kathleen November 15, 2007 at 2:13 AM

Dr. Beckwith,

My prayers are with you. May God continue to Bless you and lead you.

Lolly November 15, 2007 at 5:30 AM

Hi Dr. Beckwith, I watch a live eagle cam and the crows are a problem when the eaglets are in the nest as the parents leave food there and crows a scavengers. I have even seen some footage of a male turn upside down in the air with talons up and off went the crows. There's always a parent in a look out tree keeping an eye on the nest. How wonderful that you can have the whole family with you. My prayers are with you.

Lolly November 15, 2007 at 6:19 AM

Hi Dr. Beckwith, Don't worry, the crows aren't attacking you, they are just looking for food. I watch some live eagle cams and yes, the crows do pester them. I saw some footage of an eagle being pestered by them and the eagle turned upside down in the air with both talons up. The crows left quickly. Enjoy your new life and yes your eagle family. My prayers are with you.

Dianne November 15, 2007 at 7:30 AM

Dr. Beckwith, I’m sorry about the crows. They feel they need to be always on the defensive. It must be exhausting and we must pity them for that and pray for them. Prayers for you and your family.

Ann Margaret Lewis November 15, 2007 at 8:53 AM

Hang in there, Dr. Beckwith. You aren’t receiving any abuse that the greatest of saints have not suffered before you. Meanwhile, you have many people praying for you, including me.

God bless,
–Ann Lewis

cairis November 15, 2007 at 10:04 AM

Hi Dr. Beckwith.

Don’t worry about the crows – they are pesky things. Will keep you and your family in prayer. Oh, and a belated welcome home from a former Baylor Bear! *G*

Paul H November 15, 2007 at 12:36 PM

I suspect that I know the identity of one of the loudest and most obnoxious “crows” that Steve is referring to. :-)

(And I agree that the “eagle” approach is probably the best.)

Joanna November 17, 2007 at 1:15 PM

Dr. Beckwith, you have been an inspiration of hope for me. My prayers are with you and your family, and WELCOME HOME!

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