“How come you don’t?” (Mark 2:18-22 lectio)

March 28, 2003

[ventriloquist's dummy]Mark 2:18-22 lectio: How come you guys don’t follow the religious practice of ____? As I tell my friends, religion as a set of practices eliminates the need for God; you just do the do’s, and don’t do the don’ts (whatever they happen to be), and you’re cool. …But God wants us to interact with him.

And isn’t it reassuring to remember that Jesus was a religious maverick, with eyes only for the Father? (Yes, Todd Hunter, you are in good company.)

++ Help me to live in a way that does not eliminate the need for you. ++

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.