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John's Ethic


(1) Luke 3:10-14



(1) Luke 3:10-14

/3:10/ And the crowds asked him, "What then should we do?" /3:11/ In reply he said to them, "Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise." /3:12/ Even tax collectors came to be baptized, and they asked him, "Teacher, what should we do?" /3:13/ He said to them, "Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you." /3:14/ Soldiers also asked him, "And we, what should we do?" He said to them, "Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages."



John Dominic Crossan

Item: 434
Stratum: III (80-120 CE)
Attestation: Single
Historicity: -
Common Sayings Tradition: No



This poem originated as a contribution to the HODOS online community by Gene Stecher. It is published with Gene's consent but he explicitly retains full rights as the creative author. You welcome to use it for personal study and worship, but it should not be published in any other form without the author's prior consent. Index to Gene Stecher's poems


Hey, you in the crowd, share one of your coats and some of your food.
Hey, you in the IRS, apply the regulations fairly.
Hey, you in the military occupation, don't line your own pockets by shaking down the civilians.

Soooo rational and so sensible,
the backbone of a stable society.

Hold on!!!

Where does it say that the Messiah is to be rational and sensible,
representing the best of human intention and potential?
No wonder the people wanted to proclaim John the Messiah,
not much sacrifice required,
just be good.

But wait, didn't he also publicly challenge the marriage of Herod?
Jesus knew that, "No man born of woman is greater than John."
How could anyone be greater?

Wait, just a minute, though, echos of nonsense in Galilee,
Nazarean foolishness.
Love your enemy,
give your cloak as well as your coat,
walk a second mile when conscripted for one,
give to anyone who begs,
don't charge interest on a loan,
give half of your ownings to the poor,
pay back four-fold what you stole,
sell all that you have
and come follow me to Jerusalem!

Where did this lunatic stuff come from.
God's Imperial Rule is breaking in!
Dangerous stuff!
Crucify him!!!

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