… and quite the noble endeavor.
This morning, the parable opens by Jesus telling us…
“There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously ever day, and there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, and desiring to be fed with crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table.”
This parable is one of the most regularly misused passages in Scripture. Every social welfare movement, and every liberation theology adopts Lazarus as its standard bearer and converts this parable into a political message. The goal of this is to draft Jesus into their movement, and somehow retroactively imply the support of Jesus for their political and social agenda. There are many problems with that, and I get it, but the biggest problem with that is — this gospel lesson has nothing to do with anyone’s political or social agenda.
So, what is the real truth about the rich man and Lazarus? Click the following link to hear the rest:
“Loving my enemies and treating them nicely when they do me evil, doesn’t really sound like practical advice. Although we might be interested in the part about starting fires on their heads.
The only way to make sense of this is if we understand what kind of fire we’re calling down. The fire that heaps upon the heads of our enemies, when we return good for their evil, is the fire of the Holy Ghost. It’s the grace of God that sustains us through our difficulties in this world.
… However, if we are to be completely honest with ourselves, we have to admit that we want our faith to lead us to victory in our lives and dominion over our enemies…”
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