Sunday, April 10th, 2016
Bad Ideas (Part 11)
We Want Pork!
Then they came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gadarenes. And when He had come out of the boat, immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no one could bind him, not even with chains, because he had often been bound with shackles and chains. And the chains had been pulled apart by him, and the shackles broken in pieces; neither could anyone tame him. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones.
Mark 5:1-5 (NKJV)*
Any way you look at it, preferring pigs to people is a bad idea. For example, the pig-headed Prodigal Son got stuck in the muck among swine (both the two-legged and four-legged kinds). Yet his story had a happy ending.**
As did case of the cave-dwelling man, tormented by a legion of demons. He was delivered from their oppression by the Captain of Salvation: Jesus.
Even so, his kinsmen, the Gadarenes, were more concerned for their pig's well-being than for a broken man's recovery. After he was healed, they began pleading with Jesus 'To depart from their region' (v.17). They sent away their own happy ending.
In their minds, pigs were money to be made and the maniac was good for nothing. But the Mind of Christ sees differently. Our Lord values people more than prizes and men's destinies more than anything.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: Your talent's destiny is one thing. Your soul's destiny is everything. If your priorities reflect God, loving forsaken lambs more than loot, showing no one is expendable, even those our churches sometimes shun, then you're performing just like Jesus.
To Be Continued...
* The whole story, A Demon-Possessed Man Healed: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+5%3A1-20&version=NKJV** The Parable of the Prodigal Son: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+15%3A11-32
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Bad Ideas series.