In life, we all have our biases. Some of them are natural tendencies or inclinations and others are habituated. Our culture tells us to be biased — in a deferential sense — towards those who can pay us back or who can look out for us in return. Society tells us to get in with the strong and the powerful because they will give us strength and power in return.
Jesus teaches something very different.
He tells his followers to go hang out with those who are marginalized and picked on by the rest of the culture. He told the poor they were blessed and sent the rich young ruler away.
To be conformed to this world is to be biased for the wealthy and powerful.” —Tim King (via azspot)
So I’m convinced your deepest problem is not the cigarettes you smoke or the alcohol you drink in secret. It’s not the slander you speak and the gossip you cherish. It’s not the pornography you pleasure yourself with when no one’s looking. It’s not the baby you aborted; it’s not that you betrayed your brother, cheated on your bride, lied about the whole thing, and retaliated with murder [King Herod]. It’s not even that you slaughtered the Lamb and killed the Messiah. Your deepest problem is that somewhere deep down inside, you believe Jesus the Messiah rose from the dead just to kick your ass.
When, in fact, He rose from the dead so you would believe all is forgiven. It is finished! Justice is accomplished. And the Father is pleading, “Come home, come home, come home!” —via Beth Maynard
You have bedded me down in lush meadows,
you find me quiet pools to drink from.
True to your word,
you let me catch my breath
and send me in the right direction.” —Psalm 23:3 (The Message)
to take this wilderness from me,
to remove this place of starkness
where I come to know
the wilderness within me,
where I learn to call the names
of the ravenous beasts
that pace inside me,
to finger the brambles
that snake through my veins,
to taste the thirst that tugs at my tongue.
But send me
Just enough.” —Jan L. Richardson, In Wisdom’s Path: Discovering the Sacred in Every Season, quoted here.