Awkward dinner conversation

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Awkward

Things didn’t start well when Jesus violated social protocol by not washing properly before dinner.  To make matters worse, he insulted the host by publically calling him a greedy, wicked, polluted, fool who lived focused on trivialities.  Dinner continued spiraling downward when Jesus insulted the other guests by calling them religious fakers who made others miserable by promoting rules-based spirituality.  Do you think it got quiet around the dinner table?  So much for flower-child Jesus.  Find the full story in Luke 11.

Jesus knew how to behave.  He was as well mannered as any other Galilean blue color worker.  But, passion to set people free overcame social protocol.  He knew that followers of behavior-based religious systems were doubly damned.  Damned because they didn’t trust in Him and damned again because they believed they were ok.  To be drowning and not know it is the worst of all situations.

Should we be like Jesus? 

In passion let’s be like Jesus, always turning people toward grace and away from rule making, rule keeping lives.  Additionally, if we could look into the secret hearts of those around us, we could also know the proper times for rudeness.  Since we can’t, let’s err on the side of good manners.

Grace Freak

Dan Rockwell

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