Thursday, 26 May 2011

Context Can Be Everything

This is not my idea, I heard it somewhere else. I've slightly changed it, but hopefully you'll get where I'm going with it.

If you see a newspaper on a rubbish dump, you see it as rubbish; it belongs there and there is no need to do anything about it but leave it there.

If you see that same newspaper in the middle of a field where children run around and play, it is still rubbish but is now out of place and you feel the need to get rid of it.

Put that newspaper on a table in your home...
Now it is the mud on the newspaper that is the filth.

Jesus went to all kinds of different people, all with labels; leper, prostitute, tax collector, Pharisee.
People were either seen as 'clean' or 'unclean', accepted by God or unaccepted.
Jesus changed everything.

You can look at people and figure they deserve to be where they are.

You can look at people and demand they go somewhere else because they don't belong.

Or we can radically change the way we see each other. We can see that God sees things differently.

See context can be everything.

Change the context and suddenly everything changes with it.

Maybe we need to change the context in our relationships, churches and communities?

Maybe we need to look again?

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