Abdu Murray takes a closer look at Jesus’ Eastern context to see what we might be missing in the West. On day four, Abdu examines the Gospels to see what Jesus might have to say about the West’s “cancel culture.”
Jesus spoke and lived in an honor shame system. It’s interesting to me that such an ancient person could have such relevant things to say about us today in our increasingly honor shame based society even here in the West.
Now, if you understand what’s going on in the full context, you’ll understand that the Pharisees were telling people, “If you say that Jesus is the Messiah, whoever follows Jesus will be put out of the synagogue,” which is the worst public shaming a Jew in the first century could possibly endure. They would be put out of the place where the community comes together. They would be “cancelled.”
What Jesus does in a remarkable way is he replaces the cheap cultural honor, bestowed by hypocrites, with the incalculable honor bestowed only by the son of God.
Make it personal:
What does it mean to you to receive the honor that Jesus provides his followers?
How does this give you courage to risk being ‘cancelled’ as you testify about what Jesus has done in your life?