Acceptance and social dissonance

Jesus’ preference for the poor is a source of social dissonance. Miraculous healings, exorcisms, and social intercourse with a Samaritan woman known for her many failed relationships were all unacceptable activities that put his larger public relations in jeopardy. Further, he didn’t use key opportunities to his advantage. After one miracle the people were ready to make him king by force, but he refused and left them. One suspects that Pat and Oral could easily teach Jesus a thing or two about successful teaching, leadership, and evangelism.

A Christian faith that prefers the weak, the marginalized, the unsightly and unsound is an unacceptable faith in this day and age. Any faith whose talk is not carefully guarded and edited with an eye toward contributions is just “irresponsible.”


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