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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Ashamed of Jesus

Have you ever been ashamed of Jesus? When? (Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 1439).

It was not so much being ashamed of Jesus as being ashamed of myself and my humble roots.  Jesus had been a part of my life from the earliest years.  When I went to college, as an undergraduate I never studied about Jesus in Humanities.  Rather, we studied Greek and Roman mythology, and read Plato and talked about Aristotle and Greek drama.  Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey we surely studied, but never Jesus and his homely parables.  Naturally, by this exclusion of what I grew up with in favor of the sophisticated elevation of the classics made me a little ashamed of my roots and of Jesus and his familiar, everyday teachings. It is even yet for the individual to decide the most useful currency.     

The Story of Oedipus Rex by Sophocles

The Story of the Good Samaritan by Jesus

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