At the end of the day, Francis is just a man like you and me. But there is a better man, far different than you and me that we should absolutely idolize. Namely Jesus. Here’s why Jesus is better:
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9 ESV)
Jesus is the only mediator able to gain access to the Father.
For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5 ESV)
There is only one True “Father.”
And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven. (Matthew 23:9 ESV)
Jesus has never sinned.
For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet he did not sin. (Hebrews 4:15 NIV)
Jesus is the one with the true title of “Holiness.”
He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth. (1 Peter 2:22 NIV)
Jesus’ sacrifice is singular and completed in the past.
And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God (Hebrews 10:11-12 ESV)
Jesus is better because He says what we don’t want to hear.
If Jesus showed up today, yes, He would undoubtedly have things to say about stewardship of Creation, hospitality to foreigners, and care for the poor and marginalized. But Jesus is ultimately better because He also says what we don’t want to hear but desperately need to hear.
That we need Him. That we aren't okay.
That the problem is inside us, not outside of us. That the answer is outside of us, not inside of us.
And the real test of whether we have seen our need of Him are His words to the disciples: If you love Me, you will keep My commandments (John 15:15, NASB).