Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day

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Today’s Chick-fil-A Biblical Family Rule of the Day: Don’t look back (Luke 9:57-62).

As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.”

And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”

To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” But Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”

Another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”

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  • Guest

    Yes, because the Kingdom of God was going to come very soon.  Any minute now. … You know, Jesus, it’s been a while, do you mind awfully if we get back to ploughing, now?

  • aunursa

    Don’t look back

    I thought this Bible quote was going to be about Lot’s wife.  I was ready with a bad salt joke.

  • You beat me to the same idea.

  • Ben English

     I’ve always found this passage difficult because it makes Jesus seem kind of heartless.

  •  I was thinking “utter jackass” and “despicable cult leader” rather than simply heartless. Leave your family and work behind, you must be perfect in the way I say is perfect, and it just so happens that the way I say is perfect will make you my slave. I tend to think it didn’t happen, because it does not fit with so many other things about Jesus — like caring about people at all, and the story of the goats and sheep — but there’s no way to actually tell. 

  • My take on this passage, difficult as it is, is Jesus  saying, Are you really serious about this? Are you willing to go the distance if you have to? 
    It sounds heartless, but it’s a measure of commitment, as when getting married, going to college, quitting drugs or alcohol, sometimes you will have to turn your back on friends and family in order to achieve your goals. The current struggle over gay marriage is proof that often the good things just don’t come easy, but will be so worthwhile in the end.
    It’s like Jesus saying, “Look, you can find a million excuses not to do something, but sometimes there’s only one way to get it done.”
    Just this woman’s two cents.

  • LoneWolf343

    As I understand it, “let me go and bury my father” was an idiom that basically meant “Mind your own business,” and Jesus was just making a comeback.

  • Amaryllis

    “You’ve got a strength of fixty-six, nominal, OK? But
    you’re taking over day watch too, plus you’ve got to allow for days off,
    two grandmother’s funerals per year per man – gods know how your
    undead’ll sort out that one, maybe they get time off to go to their own funerals…”

  • P J Evans

     My mind supplied ‘something might be gaining on you’.

  • I thought it was about Orpheus and why his attempt to retrieve his wife failed.

    Really the problem was that Orpheus wasn’t Creusa’s husband and Aeneas wasn’t Eurydice’s.  Aeneas wouldn’t look back even if his wife’s life depended on it (it did), Orpheus couldn’t keep himself from looking back even if his wife’s life depended on it (it did.)