Chick-fil-A Biblical Family of the Day

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Today’s Chick-fil-A Biblical Family Rule of the Day: Family funerals (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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  • Grey Seer

    See, now, I never really got this part. It always struck me that doing the reasonable and, above all, responsible thing in this situation got you rejected by Jesus.

    I mean, these people have heard the good word and all that, and they realise that this guy has a point and that he is worth following. So they ask for a little time to put their affairs in order before embarking on their new life of spreading the gospel and whatever else it is they were supposed to do here. Why is that a bad thing?

    These people have responsibilities – to make sure their father has been properly buried, to ensure that their family know they’re moving on to follow the prophet and haven’t just been murdered on the road. Why is it that making sure those responsibilities are taken care of makes you unworthy of the kingdom of god?

  • Münchner Kindl

    From what I know (as layperson, not Dr. Theol.) is that we see Jesus wrong: as the start of Christian Religion, whereas he (the historical person, that is – inasmuch as we can find him after layers of different interpretions through centuries) saw himself as one in the line of the prophets, come to warn the people of Israel that catastrophe was imminent. So like the guy on the corner “The End Is Near”. This connects to other parts like the Syrene woman: “I was sent to the lost sheep of Israel” = there is not enough time to preach and convert Gentiles, too; that sentence “Verily I tell you that this generation shall not pass away…” which caused a lot of trouble for early Christians when the first generation did start to die; why he gave no rules on marriage and divorce: people were going to heaven soon so it didn’t matter; why he didn’t insist on following the law – there was no time, important was baptizing the sin away;

    That’s also (I’ve heard) where a lot of Jewish criticsm comes from: not only are his thoughts not original, but have been said before by others, but also his radicalness makes his theology not applicable in real life, and for most Rabbis  were all about applying rules to real life. The sermon on the mount or Jesus’ advice to Peter to forgive his brother seventy times seven are a wonderful metaphor – but suck as real-life laws and rules.

    How exactly do you set up forgiveness without harming the victim (as we see currently in churches with sexual molestation)?
    How do you turn the other cheek without letting predators run wild?
    If Zachaeus has to repay the high tariffs he took double, then he’s going to be broke – where’s the money for double repayment going to come from? (A children’s religion book I just skimmed had a background story for Zachaeus and his friend, who learned making clay pots, while Zachaeus’ father was a farmer, so after three bad harvests, money had run out and he saw no other option to earn his living than to become a custom officer. A different take than just “Custom = collaboretor = bad”).

    Some time back Fred had a post (the one with “men dressed up in anatomically correct porpoise-costumes) about how to actually apply the golden rule in real life – how important respect is, and that means asking first what the other person actually wants, not assuming that what you want is what everybody else also likes. This is just a small example.

  • Amaryllis

    You know what this reminds me of? All those athletes who lose a family member or close friend (or non-existent girlfriend) right before the Big Game. And they go out and play anyway, and everybody admires them for it. And that’s only a game– a big-business game, but when you get down to it, it doesn’t really matter,  it doesn’t make a difference to the world, which  side wins.

    I don’t know if I have a point, exactly, except that “first things first” is capable of endless interpretation. Like most of what Jesus is said to have said.