Divine Misunderstanding

I came across a note jotted down in my Bible just now (I think the thought probably originated in a class with Wes Olmstead at Briercrest):

“Jesus was misunderstood since 1) he calls for radical obedience and 2) he does so while eating with tax collectors and ‘sinners.'”

And oh how glorious it would be if we also were misunderstood like this too!

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Thought-Provoking Quotation from Chesterton on Courage

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“Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die. ‘He that will lose his life, the same shall save it,’ is not a piece of mysticism for saints and heroes. It is a piece of everyday advice for sailors or mountaineers. It might be printed in an Alpine guide or a drill book. This paradox is the whole principle of courage; even of quite earthly or quite brutal courage. A man cut off by the sea may save his life if he will risk it on the precipice. He can only get away from death by continually stepping within an inch of it. A soldier surrounded by enemies, if he is to cut his way out, needs to combine a strong desire for living with a strange carelessness about dying. He must not merely cling to life, for then he will be a coward, and will not escape. He must not merely wait for death, for then he will be a suicide, and will not escape. He must seek his life in a spirit of furious indifference to it; he must desire life like water and yet drink death like wine.” (From Orthodoxy)