Monday, July 26, 2010

Thought 6 on what Jesus would Blog or Twitter about: The disenfranchised.

You can catch most of this in the oft misquoted Sermon on the Mount in Matthew's Gospel: "Blessed are the etceteras..."
I know...
In his famous Sermon on the Mount Jesus had a fair bit to say about how he understood the human condition. My guess is he'd be saying the same things today:
To more or less paraphrase, he said - 
I know you are hard done by, depressed, feel ordinary, live in a spiritual vacuum.
I know you are bullied and I know you are full of self doubts.
I know the world gives you a raw deal at times - maybe all the time.
I know people in authority can act like pompous self-interested despots and some of them seen hell-bent on making you miserable.
I know you get insulted, rubbished and criticised over nothing.
I know that just as the hurrier you go the behinder you get; sometimes the nicer you are the nastier the response.
I know in spite of everything, you love to show mercy and live in peace.
In fact I am here now looking for peacemakers. If you're one, good on you. Don't give up on being the best you that you can be. It will work out in the end.
To infinity and beyond, then.

Colin Pearce

Monday, July 5, 2010

What was on the minds of the people to whom Jesus spoke?

What was on the minds of the people to whom Jesus spoke? (i.e. in this context we are pretending about to whom he blogged and twittered)
The native Jews were wondering when they'd get a decent change in the government i.e. when the Messiah would come and when the Romans would leave. We just had that in Australia with Kevvie the Messiah leaving and Julia the new Messiah coming in but we are wondering if she is really the Messiah she promises to be or just a Roman in disguise.
The native Jews (like all citizens) were extremely wary of foreigners immigrating and taking space they weren't entitled to.
Superstition was rife. People wanted to know what a sick person's parents had done to cause him or her to be sick. What had others done that made a wall fall on them. People were aware of signs and omens and looked eagerly for a solution in the alignment of the stars and planets.
Sexual promiscuity was a laughing matter -or men. So was getting plastered. So was home violence, home invasion, and homelessness.
Independent well-to-do women were a rarity.
Religion was stale, a ritualistic out-of-touch politically-correct waste of the common people's time.
Sports were a common relief from the drudgery of poverty.
The tax man was everywhere and could take what he liked.
A war could pop up at any time for any reason whatever - or no reason at all and you could find yourself in it whether you liked it or not.
The rich were unnecessarily opulent
The poor were unnecessarily destitute.
Isn't that just a a bit more that a smidge like today's internet community?
So what did Jesus say that caught their attention?
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Until next time, To infininty and beyond!