October 4, 2015
Passage: Mark 10:13-16

In the olden days, parents were in the habit of bringing their children to the Rabbi to touch them. The belief was that, the children would also become learned and also become teachers of the law. Jesus was considered to be a good teacher and thus parents brought their children to him to be touched. Jesus' disciples prevented them from coming to him and he rebuked them.

Today we are also guilty of attitudes like what the disciples exhibited. We have a sense of entitlement, as though we are entitled to certain things because of who we are or what we have. This is because of classism- a conscious effort to segregate on lines of social or financial differences. We also have a sense of ownership- where we feel entitled to certain things because we believe we own them. Many people today say things like 'we started the church, we did this and that'.

We also have a sense of righteousness. We tend to feel like we own the Lord and are entitled to receive or enjoy certain things by virtue of this ownership. We are also divided by theological disposition. We tend to divide churches based on what their theologies are. We tend to shun the churches whose theologies are alien to us and embrace those that we identify with.

We must learn to embrace each other despite our differences. Jesus took the children in his arms and blessed them. We must also learn to trust one another. We must emulate the child-like trust of children. We must trust God as well, believing that he has our best interests at heart. We must forgive each other as easily as children do.

Romans 12:9-21 summarizes the example we are to emulate to become an all-inclusive church that welcomes persons from all works of life, the way Christ intended it to be.

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