Friday, June 05, 2009

THE REFRAMING OF THINGS


This might sound insignificant to most people but to me it just seems to be the product of a huge shift that has happened in my life over the past few years.


We often hear stories in the bible presented in ways that to me place the emphasis on the wrong reality. The prodigal son parable being one of them. As a friend of mine often says about this story...it's more about the Father than it is about the wayward son. The shift in emphasis makes a huge difference. And beyond that the telling of the story was really focused on the older brother in a sense, not so much the younger 'rebellious' one. Jesus was talking to the pharisees to expose their wrong thinking. Not to use the younger boy as a "morality lesson"


The other story that has become one of the most profound accounts in scripture for me is when Jesus is brought before Pilate. When I have heard it told it is framed in that way....Jesus before Pilate as if Jesus was the one on trial. I see it today completely differently. This was Pilate and the world system being brought before Jesus the King. The world system was on trial that day....not Jesus.

3 comments:

Bones said...

...recomputing...recomputing...

Sue said...

Yeah, baby, good stuff :)

What gets me too is the whole sort of "scripture is so sacred that it's not actually situated within a world and a culture" sort of view. Like, as if the mere appearance of something in the bible means it must means it's sanctioned, rather than it simply being part of a recounting, knowhadimsayin?

Kent said...

yup....I knowhadayasayin?