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Saturday, April 2, 2016

Jesus as a Democrat

Is “reverence” necessary in work or worship? Do you like reverent folk? (Serendipity Bible Fourth Edition, page 590).

Reverence: A feeling of profound respect for someone or something (WordWeb Pro).

Jesus had profound respect for human beings.  Yet this never meant for him not challenging people to live up to their best.  In other words, he occasionally criticized people.  It is clearly evident that they did not appreciate this criticism for in their own eyes reverence meant unquestioned obeisance rather than innate respect for individuals. They had supposedly earned high regard and blind acquiesce, but in Jesus’s eyes they had earned nothing.  Respect, as the US Constitution reflects, is innate–it is not earned.  Therefore, we are profoundly equal despite our pretensions to having earned special worthiness.  Since respect is given as a gift (right) from God and not earned, we are to respect all equally–as Jesus amply demonstrated much to the chagrin of those who had in their own eyes attained the heights of hegemonic regard.

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