A way to live in the wider world
Be honest about the faults and wrong doings of groups and systems to which you belong—even your nation.
Based on Luke 18:9-14
[A way to live in the wider world based on Luke 18:9-14, a reading from The Revised Common Lectionary for the Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost, 10/23/16. Jesus teaches about prayer with a parable. Two men go to the temple to pray. One man prays to God about how good he is compared to others who are wrong doers. He brags about praying often and giving a tenth (tithe) of all he gets. The other man confesses his sins to God as a tax collector. Tax collectors, are disliked strongly because they collect taxes for a foreign government, Rome, and often collect even more than is due and keep the extra for themselves. However, God accepts, “justifies,” only the tax collector. Jesus comments that the humble, not the proud, are exalted or accepted by God.
A theme: Be honest about your faults and wrong doings.]