I knew a little girl who misunderstood ‘leper’ in church as ‘leopard.’ The Bible had lots of stories about leopards. I was kind of sad when the mistake was corrected; the Bible must have seemed a lot less interesting all of a sudden.
If you’ve studied the Bible and heard sermons about it very often, you’ve probably heard plenty about what a bad deal it was to be a leper. You were totally outcast, an object of fear and loathing, and ritually unclean unless and until you got better. Which you usually didn’t.
Saturday, October 1, 2016
We learn not to trust easy answers, don’t we?
Or maybe it's built in, and we’re born that way. Even a small child, if she asks you a deep and difficult question, if you explain it away a little too easily - she'll give you that look that says “I’m not sure I’m buying this.”