A modern day parable
I’ll tell you another parable, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a rich man who started ‘The Christian School of the Arts’. But while the personnel director was away at a training seminar the assistant personnel director hired a few atheist teachers that had great resumes.
Mid semester some things were evidently awry. It was discovered that some teachers had brought in nude models for the students to study the human form.
A group of disgruntled staff members went to voice their concerns to the founder of the school and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not start a Christian school? How then do you have atheist teachers instructing the students using nude models?’
And he said to them, ‘There was someone on the staff that has a grudge against me. He quit the second week of school. It has been rumored he thought he should have been the one to start the school. So he has tried to undermine me. He has done this!’
The disgruntled staff members said to him, ‘Do you want us, then, to make life hard for the atheist teachers so they quit too?’
But he said, ‘No; for while you are making life hard for them the morale of the whole teaching staff will plummet and there will be students who become discouraged. In the end we might squelch the creativity of some of the students causing them to quit as well as lose some of the excellent teachers that are God fearing. Let them be until the end of the semester. At that time I will have the personnel director gather together the teachers that his former assistant hired and tell them that they are fired; then I will have him invite the other teachers and all the students to my house for a big dinner so that they know I appreciate them and want them to stay on.'”
(Adapted from the parable found in Matthew 13:24-30)
Re-writing bits of the bible is a form of meditation. We are encouraged to meditate on the word. This is not the meditation of clearing the mind; rather it is like what cows do when they chew their cud. They chew, swallow, regurgitate, chew and swallow again.
Some people diminish Christianity to nothing more than a list of regulations. Their intentions are good but their execution is usually a wet blanket. I know because I used to be that zealous wet blanket and all my righteous works it turned out to be nothing more than filthy rags, wet filthy rags. Let’s leave the eradication of evil in the hands of the One who holds the times and the hearts of man. Let’s direct our passion to a brilliant expression of authenticity, life and love that attracts people to the truth.