Friday, March 3, 2017

And He Spake a Parable unto Them...

Luke 6:39-45
  1. And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch? 
  2. The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master. 
  3. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye?  Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye?  Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother’s eye. 
  4. For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
Let me proffer a possible meaning for this parable.
  1. Those who do not keep his commandments, a number of which immediately preceded this section, are blind, and shall be cast into hell along with all who follow them.
  2. None who walk in his discipline is better than him in any aspect and none know better than him, but every disciple who walks perfectly in his sayings, teachings, and commandments shall be equal to him.
  3. Why do you pay attention to the flaws in someone else's views, while you are yourself not keeping Christ's commandments and are therefore blind?  Or how can you say to someone else "Let me correct your views" when you are yourself blind because of your disobedience to Christ's commandments?  You fake follower of Christ, first be absolutely sure you are yourself wholly keeping the sayings, teachings, and commandments of Christ, and then you will be able to see clearly to correct those little errors you saw in someone else's views.
  4. By your words and your deeds shall you be known.
So what might I take from this possible reading?
  1. Keep all the commandments, including the one that says "judge not."  Even if I think I see something wrong in their view, don't bother to correct them unless they wish for my input.
  2. Remember that I am not even as the dust, which obeys the voice of God in all things; that until I am redeemed and brought into the presence of God through the veil I am evil and malicious and prideful and self-willed and selfish and fearful.  I do not know better than him and cannot improve upon his sayings, teachings, and commandments.
  3. Sit down and shut up; repeat the commandments, explain them, and do not bother trying to persuade anyone into my beliefs.  After all, if men do not freely and willingly do what Christ said to do, then they do not do what Christ said to do.  Since his sheep hear only his voice, there is no need to do other than repeat his words, and explain them to those who desire to help make up for the loss of literacy our generation is suffering.
A corollary to this - don't bother challenging others to append "thus saith the Lord" to whatever they're saying when I don't believe them; after all, since I didn't believe them before they said it, will I believe them after they say it?  No.  If I don't believe someone is speaking the truth, just drop them and go on my merry way.  The way of peace is to let every man do as they will, while inviting them to repentance by repeating the commandments of God in their hearing.  Let the contentious correct the contentious, until they have had their fill of conflict, that then they may have an appetite for peace.