Whoever does not honor the son does not honor the Father who sent him.

Jn 5:23

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These are the words of Jesus.  They are spoken after Jesus encouraged a lame man on the Sabbath to arise from his mat and walk and the man did – thereby prompting faithful Jews to take exception with the man because it was “not lawful … to carry (the) mat” on the Sabbath, and to find fault with Jesus for telling the man to do so (and effectively curing the man’s disability).

There are two things that struck me in this story.  One, the faithful Jews knew their law and lived by it.  That is – their faith governed their life.  And, two – Jesus spoke what he knew to be the truth – that he was the Son of God sent by his Father.  He, too, lived by faith.

So why write about this?

We live in a time when many live by ideology, or their own particular and individual desires or personal interests.  Indeed, many who live this way condemn those who do not share their views.

We have a good deal of political notions advanced as if they are holy and divine.  Not so.  They are mostly individual perceptions advanced as if they are the bedrock of moral existence, superior to other’s points of view.

It seems to me, upon reflecting on the above story, that we are best when we ask: Do I live by the tenets of my faith?  Or do I merely advance my own ideas regardless of my professed faith?  In short, does a professed Christian live as a Christian?  A Jew as a Jew – honoring their tradition and professed beliefs.

It seems to me this is worth some reflection.

Shalom.

Amazing and Ironic – In a new book by former White House aid to President Obama,  Ben Rhodes writes that his boss viewed himself as special, above the fray – an exemplar for what is good and wise – with views that are just best of others to adopt.

The irony is this: that idea of being “special” and better and wiser than the electorate is precisely the view held by those in Washington who have sequestered themselves away from the common man and common woman who comprise this country – and who deem that they too are “better,” “wiser” and “a cut or more” above the voters.

The even greater irony?  Donald Trump won because he demonstrated he is more like the voter than the permanent Washington crowd and those who deem themselves “elite – and thereby “privileged.” You know real humility never hurt anyone – but ah, is it hard to find among the “special people.”  

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