The Bible on “why context matters”

I love this example of why getting creative about assuming best intent is hard but critical. Take this verse:

Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back

Luke 14:12

A biblical defense of social anxiety, finally! Introverts rejoice! But here’s where it goes from there:

Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

Luke 14:12-14

Reminds me of this old Mitch Hedberg joke:

So let this be your reminder that even if you’re sure you know someone’s intentions without asking them, you probably don’t. Context is important. Trust by default, and get curious.


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