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Why Don’t We Get Invited to More Parties?


Jesus was at a lot of parties.

This is something that has struck me over and over again this past year. It’s nothing new but for me it’s been a challenge as I think through my life, faith and art.  We are consistently reading about Jesus going to feasts, banquets and parties

Luke 5:29-30 Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?”

And apparently enough so that people tried to use it against him (not that, that probably took much)

Luke 7:34The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’

And it’s not that he was there that surprises me.  Jesus was very clear that he came to reach the lost.  It doesn’t surprise me at all that he would go where the people who needed him were hanging out…it surprises me that he was invited.

In the church we expect to be always be rejected, we assume no one wants to hear from us Jesus followers; that no one is open to it.  But maybe Jesus proves us wrong.  It would seem that these people who were not living lives that lined up with God’s ideals were more than willing to hang out with Jesus; and I don’t think it was because he was “a drunkard and a glutton”.

So the question becomes why?  Why did they want to hang out with Jesus?  Why did they invite him into their subculture?

I think it’s at least partly because he clearly wanted to be with them.

Most groups aren’t as closed as outsiders think.  For instance, did you know that every time I have ever started a mentorship program I have no problem finding youth?  Most students are desperate for positive adult relationships!  But yet, the vast majority of the adults are hesitant.  Why are they hesitant?  Because “the youth wouldn’t want to connect with an old person like me”.

A couple months ago, we hosted a metal show at our church site.  There were a ton of people there that many church goers would assume wouldn’t come to something at a church.  But yet there they were. They told me how “f’ing awesome” (my edit) it was, that we would host their scene.  I could also give tons of examples of bands that make a huge impact because engage people honestly in all kinds of venues; but you get the idea…

Maybe people aren’t as closed as we assume.  Maybe they are just assuming we are closed to them.

Maybe we would be invited to more parties if people KNEW we wanted to be there.

What has your experience been?


The Image In Creation


We were born to create.

Or perhaps it’s better to say we were created to create.

The Bible begins with the words: In the beginning God created.  This is the first thing we learn about God.  God is an artist.  Which is very cool.

But the Bible tells us more about this creative God.  Specifically it tells us that he made people “in his image”.

Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

God made mankind in his image.  In a way that’s different than all the other animals.  Now, this is a thought that is not popular in our current cultural thinking.  By many it is seen as arrogance that we would assume ourselves to be better than cats, dogs and orangutangs…but God says something different.  He says that he CREATED man in his own image, and therefore that we ought to rule over the earth.  (Note: this is meant to be a caring stewardship not a ruling of an iron fist, if you are interested in things relating to the environment and faith you should really check out my friend Matthew Morris’ blog: www.theelusiveguanaco.blogspot.ca/ it s fantastic)

What I want to discuss is what it looks like specifically to be created in God’s image.  Because that is a huge statement!  What is it about humans that is the image of God?  What is merely our “animal” instinct and survival skills and what is the Imago Dei?  I think we can see lots of thing, but I would like to focus on the aspect of creativity. 

No other creature creates like humans do.  No other creature has a robust need for the arts.  We can train an elephant to paint, but we can all see it’s not the same.  Other creatures sing and we appreciate their beauty, but do they create?  I loved my dog growing up, but he never wrote me poetry or played me a song on the piano.  My daughter tells herself and sometimes the rest of our family fantastic stories.  They come from her mind, she creates them; we have no record of any other animals doing that.

To me this doesn’t seem like an evolutionary issue.  Humans don’t just create better art.  We don’t just have finer motor skills.  We have the Image of God, we have traits of the ultimate CREATOR.  Humans CREATE, we dream of things in our mind and create elaborate art to express it through dance, painting, writing, drawing, music, poetry and theater.  No other creature that I know of does this.


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