Sept. 19, 2010

Jesus  says, “No slave can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth” (Luke 16.13).

The text for this Sunday (Luke 16:1-13) is offensive.  If you think that the rich man is good.  If you think that the rich man “earned” his money.  If you put yourself in his place.  This is all wrong.  The steward is stealing.  There’s no way around it.  But we can not forget how Jesus is always flipping everything around, upside down, and inside out.  Maybe we should hear this parable/story from the point of view of the folks having their bill cut in half.  Aren’t we the one’s whose debts/trespasses/sins are forgiven and we didn’t earn it?  If that’s the case this text is good news.  We need to use all that we have big/little, money, prestige, etc. and all that for God’s kingdom.  Those are the rules we live by.  We Christians don’t live just by what world/culture/society deems is good, upright, and acceptable.  As I said earlier, this is offensive.  It just so happens to be the Gospel.

 

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