Friday, November 16, 2007

Washing of the feet

Posted by Teresa at 5:00 PM

(Hat tip: Think Christian)

I believe this painting is a misrepresentation of scripture. Particularly,
of John 13:5-9:

After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his
disciples'
feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped
around him.
Jesus answered, "Unless I wash you, you have no
part with me."


My interpretation of this scripture is that we are to serve others and
humble ourselves. Thus, confusing the whole point of the message
Jesus was trying to convey. This is what one defender of the painting
writes:
"What the protest reveals is that many Christians have tragically
allowed their patriotism to co-opt their faith. They have allowed
their American citizenship to take priority over their Kingdom
citizenship -- despite the New Testament's instruction for disciples
to consider themselves "foreigners" and "exiles" wherever they
happen to live (Heb. 11:13; I Pet 1:17, 2:11) and to consider their
real citizenship "in heaven" (Phil 3:20)"
While I agree with Boyd's sentiment, I believe this painting takes it too far.
Yes, Jesus did say, "Love your enemies" but in the scripture the painter
is referencing Jesus is cleaning the feet of his disciples, people who follow
Him (although, one that He knows will betray him later), but they were not
His enemies. Welcome to the age of when nothing is sacred and everything
is politicized.

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