Monday, November 2, 2009

Pulling rank

We love position and power.
Across all cultures, and across all time.
In business, in government, in institutions, in politics, and yes, in religion...

The disciples were quite taken up with posturing.

1 "At about the same time, the disciples came to Jesus asking, "Who gets the highest rank in God's kingdom?"

The question could be asked this way. After you are gone, and we are in charge, which of us in going to be the pope?

2 -5"For an answer Jesus called over a child, whom he stood in the middle of the room, and said, "I'm telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you're not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God's kingdom. What's more, when you receive the childlike on my account, it's the same as receiving me."

6 -7"But if you give them a hard time, bullying or taking advantage of their simple trust, you'll soon wish you hadn't. You'd be better off dropped in the middle of the lake with a millstone around your neck. Doom to the world for giving these God-believing children a hard time! Hard times are inevitable, but you don't have to make it worse—and it's doomsday to you if you do.

Become like a child. Simple faith. Simple life.

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