Lesson of today’s service came out of Luke 14:7-24.
This is how Jesus’ first parable played out in my mind the way the pastor broke it down. In society, there is a hierarchy. It can be divided up like this:
If you claim the position you think you deserve (assuming you are prone to an inflated sense of self worth, as is likely) then someone else will put you in your place. Which is humiliating. (v 8-9)
However, if you show humility you will be recognized, exalted. (v. 9-10)
During service I projected 3 dominant responses to Jesus’ first sayings based on the social groups I observed within the congregation, and how those social groups in general operate in society — world views, etc.
1. A lot of the room was thinking, “this doesn’t apply to me.”
2. Another part of the people listening to this were thinking, “I’ll make sure to stay in my place. Or, better yet, I’ll work my way to the top.” (And, strangely, the pastor gave a personal example that seemed to support this thinking.)
But this view leads to a vicious cycle of chasing shadows; it is still disobedient and doesn’t take grace into account.
3. My personal view was, “I don’t believe in hierarchy. Hierarchy is dumb.”
Which is a silly approach in that it doesn’t acknowledge reality. But I really do think everyone should be able to sit next to the host as the guest of honor.
At the end of the day, however, I changed my mind about one thing. And, now, my final conclusion is different. All of this aside, I think the Good Christian would have heard Jesus out the first parable and simply said, “Okay,” and went about her day doing as she was told. -EP