Luke-14 Party :The Parable of the Great Banquet
12 He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers[b] or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. 13 But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”
Last Saturday afternoon, the outside of the 23rd Street Armory revealed few signs of the party going on inside. Faint strains of songs by the Stylistics and the Ebonys escaped the large hall, and a few buses were parked outside. But inside, no one was getting married, celebrating a sweet 16 or a bar mitzvah. Members of the city’s homeless community were at Pop-Up Philly, an event organized in just 20 days by South Philly resident Jason Pinardo.
Pop-Up Philly was a one-day event — part restaurant, part community outreach, part dance party. It drew criticism from some Philadelphians who felt that the $23,615 raised on a GoFundMe page could have been used more practically to help the city’s homeless population. The event’s organizers say it wasn’t wasteful, but necessary. They say it gave people a sense of hope.
It’s probably just me, but I really don’t get it. Why does a guy living on the streets in this country get so patriotic? What has this country done for him to win his heart, mind, and soul?
I am guessing, and it may or may not be the case here, but perhaps it is easy to make a play on passions with all that red, white, and blue. Perhaps it’s a manipulative ploy. A guy like this will more likely play on your sympathy than a street person in a Megadeth shirt. But then maybe it is less innocuous. Maybe it gives him a sense of belonging since patriotism is the one thing he can really share with his rich neighbors.
Too bad we can’t say as much for Jesus.
Our “citizenship is in heaven” (Phil. 3:20), and Jesus’s “Kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36). If those things mattered more, perhaps the patriotism would be a bit tempered?