Why the biblical parables of the reluctant judge(who cared little for God or mankind) and the two sons(one said "yes" to his father's command and did not comply, the other said "No" and did), unless, technically speaking, faithfulness is to another, not your own pet testimony or social-action cause?!

Or, as Henri Nouwen would have it: You don't think your way into a new kind of living; you live your way into a new kind of thinking.

Views: 124

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

I'm not sure how you find these are about faithfulness.  I see them as a warning against paying attention to common sense or circumstances when you are in need.  In both cases Jesus is telling the listener that neither the widow or the prodigal son was deterred by appearances but went ahead and did what was within their power and were rewarded for their actions in spite of the odds against them.  However, I might not have correctly understood your question.

James, as partial as I also am to Luke's Gospel, the "Parable of the Two Sons" is found in Matthew 21:28-32. And if "Which of the two did his father's will?" and, in Luke's "Parable of the Persistent Widow", "because this widow keeps bothering me, I will render a just decision" is not faithfulness, albeit reluctant, to love and truth, then we both don't understand what we're putting forth! 

I think they are stories of faithfulness but to an inner need whatever the source and of course if that inner need is from God then it should bear fruit or end in success.  In the case of the son it's not really persistence so much as desperation.  But whether it was the widow's persistence or the son's desperation they did not let the odds of success deter them.  So I think the lesson is that if you can be successful in the natural world when the cards appear to be stacked against you how much more can you be successful if you are actually following a God-given leading.  If that is the point you are making I agree wholeheartedly.

A point as sharp as a bowling ball, I'm afraid ye say!

Reply to Discussion

RSS

Support Us

Did you know that QuakerQuaker is 100% reader supported? If you think this kind of outreach and conversation is important, please support it with a monthly subscription or one-time gift.


You can also make a one-time donation.

Latest Activity

Hamilton Lindley updated their profile
yesterday
Michael H Boulton updated their profile
6th day (Fri)
Kirby Urner posted a video

"The Industry Industry Missed" (A Meme)

School of Tomorrow. Dymaxion House thread. American Transcendentalism, from Emerson to Bucky Fuller. Heuristics for Teachers (Fall 2020)
9th month 24
Theodore Schmidkonz liked Kirby Urner's video
9th month 21
Kirby Urner posted a video

New England Transcendentalism: Bringing It Forward

The history of American literature includes the philosophy, and futurism, of R. Buckminster Fuller. Given our historical framework, let's give that philosoph...
9th month 20
William F Rushby replied to William F Rushby's discussion 'Recapturing Initiative for Conservative Friends'
"Wow, Marcia!  Your email is packed with issues we could discuss.  I am still laboring…"
9th month 2
Marcia P Roberts replied to William F Rushby's discussion 'Recapturing Initiative for Conservative Friends'
"I am curious to know what rituals Conservative Friends hold dear, William, when you talk about…"
9th month 2
Scott MacLeod liked Laura Rediehs's profile
8th month 26

© 2020   Created by QuakerQuaker.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service