To whom was Yeshua speaking — his generation or ours?
31 “To what will I compare the people of this generation?” Jesus asked. “What are they like? 32 They are like children sitting in the marketplace calling out to each other, ‘We played the flute for you and you didn’t dance. We sang a funeral song and you didn’t cry.’ 33 John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’ 34 Yet the Human One came eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunk, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’ 35 But wisdom is proved to be right by all her descendants.” (CEB)
[Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.]
Pondering Luke 7:31-35
Was Yeshua looking at his generation? Or ours? Adults acting like children… name-calling focused against individuals who have a different perspective, or a different nationality, or a different skin color, or a different gender, or a different sexual identity, or a different religion. And all that backed up by a distorted sense of reality and/or a mistaking of wishful thinking for fact.
Too many in positions of political power and responsibility are catering to the lowest denominator, to base fears, to the wishes of the richest in order to subjugate the poorest. Where is the leadership? Where is public civility? Where is the informed Christian citizenship – that is those who hear and act upon Yeshua’s clarion call for faith that works toward justice which actualizes salvation (that is, the well-being of all in society)?
Luke presents two ways to approach God – John’s asceticism leading to repentance or the Human One’s embracing abundant life as a foretaste of distributed justice. Both approaches are substantiated by an wisdom available to the inner child in all — but both have been rejected. Unless we embark on an inner journey, accompanied by wisdom, we will remain childish and churlish and will miss the great banquet feast.
We Americans have a long way to go!