11 And he said to them, To you it is given to know the private of the kingdom of God [To you it is given to know the mystery, or private, of the kingdom of God]. But to them that be withoutforth, all things be made in parables,
12 that they seeing see, and see not, and they hearing hear, and understand not; lest [that] sometime they be converted, and sins be forgiven to them.
13 And he said to them, Know not ye this parable? and how ye shall know all parables?
The implication in this exchange between Jesus and His disciples is that God hides certain truths from certain people lest those people “see” and “hear” and “understand” and “be converted” and have their “sins be forgiven to them.” At the beginning of His parable about seed (which is His Word), Jesus speaks of the birds of heaven eating the seed before it has a chance to sprout, which implies the same keeping from certain people certain truths.
Parables, says Jesus, are designed to hide truth not reveal it.
Why is this?
He asks His disciples, “Know you not this parable? And how shall you know all parables?”
And the answer?
Knowledge of God and His truth is a gift. Truth is hidden from everyone — from all people — unless God the Holy Spirit opens the eyes, the ears, the mind, the heart, the soul to that Truth.
Stephen King stirred me with his tweet about the odd behavior of some evangelical Christians — an almost schizophrenic behavior. Supposedly evangelicals believe God is love and know Jesus warned not to prevent children from coming to Him. Jesus said something akin to “better to put a giant grinding stone around your neck and fling yourself into the sea than to keep one of these kids from getting close to Me.” Yet, some evangelical ( or fundamentalist or conservative Christians ) are up in arms to keep destitute, desperate South American children from crossing our borders.
Well, you might argue, that doesn’t keep these kids from coming to Christ. Really? Are you sure about that?
So, let’s look at another story Jesus told.
Remember the poor man who was fell upon by robbers along a road and left for dead? Remember the supposedly decent human beings who walked right by him, not offering to help him in the least? Sounds a bit like these schizophrenic evangelical Christians who — as Paul laments — see themselves in the mirror, turn away and forget what they are supposed to look like.
Now I include myself among evangelical Christians though I am not willing to align myself with those who call themselves “conservative.” Conservative is almost a dirty word. Conservative can sometimes mean — in my mind and in the minds of many many liberal thinking persons — “narrow-minded”, “hateful”, “violent”, “racist”, “wicked” — well I could go on but then I’d be too “conservative” for my taste.
GOD is LOVE.
He doesn’t ask us to judge. He doesn’t ask us to enforce His Laws — oops. Actually the one Law God asks us to enforce is the one that says “Love others as yourself.”
If we love others, then how can we turn our backs on these children? We can’t, not if we are truly Christian.
Tonight at THE FINISHING TOUCH in downtown Summerville, South Carolina during the Third Thursday event, I sold –
1 copy of AFTER JEWEL
1 copy of METAL MAN WALKING
1 copy of ANNIE DREAMING
No one purchased THE EIGHT FOOT BOY which is one of my favorites.
All in all, a productive evening.
And, I also sold 2 copies of GANI & SEAN ( as R Jack Winter ). A very productive evening.
Tonight I sold 2 copies of ANNIE DREAMING and 1 copy of AFTER JEWEL during something called Third Thursday in my small city in the Low Country. I will not make very much money from these sales, but I will – I hope – get read and perhaps shared. Additionally I am now established as a featured author in a local storefront, THE FINISHING TOUCH.
The owner will stock my books ( which I, of course, will provide ). For every sale, she’ll get 1/2 and I’ll get 1/2 meaning she’ll make more money than I will.
Nevertheless, she carries the business license while I write novels. Between you and me, I’d rather write books than run a business.
So here’s to selling books on consignment.
This morning, sold a copy of METAL MAN WALKING ( my first novel ) and a copy of AFTER JEWEL ( my latest novel ) to the same person. Once again, I thoroughly enjoyed signing my works. I hope and trust she loves them both!