Here is my take on one of the areas of Fallen Kingdom that helps teach us a nugget about Setups.
In our Sunday School class, we took a deeper look at a parable we all knew. Before we started, we watched this video:
After viewing the short, we then looked again at the parable of the Good Samaritan.
“Then a despised Samaritan came along, and when he saw the man, he felt compassion for him. 34 Going over to him, the Samaritan soothed his wounds with olive oil and wine and bandaged them. Then he put the man on his own donkey and took him to an inn, where he took care of him. 35 The next day he handed the innkeeper two silver coins,[e] telling him, ‘Take care of this man. If his bill runs higher than this, I’ll pay you the next time I’m here.’ •36 “Now which of these three would you say was a neighbor to the man who was attacked by bandits?” Jesus asked.Luke 10:33-36, NLT
I know this parable, I know it well. And I get it – I’m supposed to love the Other; I’m supposed to think of the Samaritan equivalent in my life as my neighbor. And if I come across that Other in peril, I’m supposed to stop and help.
But Jesus was much more subversive than that in this parable. Jesus doesn’t say that we should stop and love on the Samaritan. He says we are to see the Samaritan as the hero in our story. The Other wasn’t helped by the Good Us.
The Other was the hero of the story.
More than loving the enemy, more than loving the person that we have already pre-judged, or even rightfully judged, more than that:
Are we will to look at them as the potential hero of the story?
The guy with the MAGA hat? The guy with the Obama bumper sticker? The TV preacher? The professional atheist speaker? The guy bumming change on the corner? The CEO with the $100 million golden parachute?
Can we see them as a hero?
Is our love that subversive?
A tidbit on approaching dialogue from a production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.
Another prop hanging up in the halls of Asbury. The model showing off the bike is the ever lovely Abby. Some more clues for you:
-For those that are automatically jumping to one of the Mission Impossible movies, Cruise is not that short.
-It is a sequel, but they didn’t call it that.
The big lesson seems to be trying to see each other as God sees us, rather than how the world tells us to see.
Want to know what that would look like? Here is a scene from Cheers that gives us a glimpse. The scene is with Coach (one of the bartenders) and his daughter. She is engaged to be married to a man that mistreats her. Coach has decided it is time to confront his daughter.
Notice that Coach is not very bright.
And incredibly wise.
May you all have a Coach in your life; and may you see yourself as he sees you.
In which I discuss Lee Garrison’s questions about the ending of the Avengers movie. Did they make a mistake ending it the way they did?
One of my writing gigs includes delving into Biblical Archaeology, so I was excited when this article by the Babylon Bee was forwarded to me. Who would have guessed that scholars would be able to prove that only the super-encouraging verse in the book of Jeremiah is authentic!
We are continuing the conversation on beauty. Our group talked about the distortion last time. Next we turned our attention to the idea that only 2% of women think they are beautiful.
Peter (one of the Biblical letter writers) talked about inner beauty. It made us wonder how much thinking you are beautiful helps make you appear beautiful.
Which led us to watching this video. (Warning, there are some foul words ahead.)
Among the things we noticed from the experience of watching:
-Many of the subjects lit up upon hearing that they were considered beautiful. Which made them even more beautiful. This is some of that inner stuff leaking out.
-We were struck by the guy who at first lit up, but then decided he didn’t believe Shea. How often do we do the same thing with any received compliment? First feel good, then rationalize it away.
How twisted is that as a defense mechanism? To choose not to believe a compliment rather than risk confirming what we are already thinking.
-Like the woman who got angry; so far from thinking she could possibly be beautiful that she defaults to assuming that a compliment is an attack.
Shea unveils a hidden truism in her experiment – everyone is made beautiful.
God made us beautiful. Yet we struggle to believe this is true.
As people of faith, we know that God made everyone uniquely gorgeous. What if part of our view of evangelism was simply letting people know that?
What if being part of church included feeling like a worthy work of art?
What if when we look at people outside the church, we see their beauty before we see them as anything else?
What would that do for the image of the Bride of Christ?
A few more props from film/TV hanging in the halls of Asbury U. Can you guess where these come from?