Seth…this is stellar. High net worth marketing oriented Evangelicals are the new Pharisees. I enjoy the company of searching Muslims more.
You’re not all that
Of all the paradigms that define us, perhaps the most universal and deep-seated is the paradigm of exclusivity – the one that says we’re more special than others. The Jews may be God’s chosen people, but the rest of us have been putting ourselves at the center of the universe since before Copernicus.
It’s normal to think that the world revolves around you. It took a lot of convincing for the Jews to change their view of their own exclusivity in God’s eyes. First God gave Peter a vision of a sheet coming down out of Heaven. As usual with Peter he repeated it three times so Peter would really understand what it meant.
Exclusivity used to be reinforced by diet. Because as a Jew you are special, you eat only special foods. But in the vision, God told Peter, “Eat it all”.
When the rest of the apostles struggled with the paradigm shift, Peter’s account of how God orchestrated the meeting with Cornelius was enough to change their minds.
Great quote from a great movie – thanks, Melinda.
I mean, I think of myself as just a very decent, good person, you know, just because I think I’m reasonably friendly to most of the people I happen to meet every day. I mean, I really think of myself quite smugly. I just think “I’m a perfectly nice guy, you know, so long as I think of the world as consisting of, you know, just the small circle of the people that I know as friends or the few people that we know in this little world of our little hobbies, the theater or whatever it is. And I’m really quite self-satisfied. I’m just quite happy with myself. I just have no complaint about myself. I mean, you know, let’s face it, I mean, there’s a whole enormous world out there that I just don’t ever think about. And I certainly don’t take responsibility for how I’ve lived in that world. I mean, you know, if I were to actually sort of confront the fact that I’m sort of sharing this stage with this starving person in Africa somewhere, well, I wouldn’t feel so great about myself. So naturally I just blot all those people right out of my perception. So, of course, of course, I’m ignoring a whole section of the real world!”
From the 1981 movie, MY DINNER WITH ANDRE