Thursday, March 10, 2005

Another starting point...

for the conversation on homosexuality and Christian faith:
The Reading is from Matthew 20:1-16

The Lord said this parable, "The kingdom of
heaven is like a householder who went out
early in the morning to hire laborers for his
vineyard. After agreeing with the laborers
for a denarius a day, he sent them into his
vineyard. And going out about the third hour
he saw others standing idle in the
marketplace; and to them he said, 'You go
into the vineyard too, and whatever is right
I will give you.' So they went. Going out
again about the sixth hour and the ninth
hour, he did the same. And about the eleventh
hour he went out and found others standing;
and he said to them, 'Why do you stand here
idle all day?' They said to him, 'Because no
one has hired us.' He said to them, 'You go
into the vineyard too.' And when evening
came, the owner of the vineyard said to his
steward, 'Call the laborers and pay them
their wages, beginning with the last, up to
the first.' And when those hired about the
eleventh hour came, each of them received a
denarius. Now when the first came, they
thought they would receive more; but each of
them also received a denarius. And on
receiving it they grumbled at the
householder, saying, 'These last worked only
one hour, and you have made them equal to us
who have borne the burden of the day and the
scorching heat.' But he replied to one of
them, 'Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did
you not agree with me for a denarius? Take
what belongs to you, and go; I choose to give
to this last as I give to you. Am I not
allowed to do what I choose with what belongs
to me? Or is your eye evil because I am good?
' So the last will be first, and the first
last. For many are called, but few are
chosen."

This is a story about God's sovereign grace, given out to whom God pleases for reasons that seem at best unfathomable and at worse perverse. Who are we to throw an evil eye because God is good?

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