"Songs I sang in Sunday School taught me that I came last. And I guess that’s where I always put myself."
16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?
17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,
19 Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
I had this same discussion with Tat last year. She eventually presented the discussion at their Bible study they had to attend. I totally agree with you! I never put any thought into that Sunday School song before now, "Jesus first, yourself last, others inbetween." I think they were trying to teach humility, but I can see the sentiment backfiring. On the other hand, there are far too many 'Christians' today who are firmly in the 'me first' arena. There seems to be little balance.
I've only just got to this but I love it, and of course it is perfectly okay with me. The more people who spread the truth the better,
TintI never went to Sunday school so I missed out on knowing the song. Actually... I went once, when I was about 5. I hated it because I'd expected "real church" and I got silly songs and colouring in. I left in disgust. I was a weird kid. LOLHi CateThanks for the kind words. Your blog post on the topic was excellent. :-)
M, I also didn't go to Sunday School. Went there a few times, but never really go to church religiously (ha!) until I was "forced" by my school to do it. In Junior High and High School, our religious teacher made us do a weekly sermon report and in each report we had to give the church's stamp along with it, so we just had to go to church in order not to fail the class.However, it was actually a good thing 'coz I found God during that period he he he...But yeah, I understand your frustration. It's very easy to get lost in interpreting the Bible. It's easy to pick some verses and just twist them up according to what you feel is right (or even to what's beneficial for you), even though the context may not be correct. I agree with what Tint wrote - that there are also many "Christians" who are on the other extreme. Balance is a hard thing to keep. It's very tricky...may heaven help us all he he...I'm glad you wrote this post, though. It's food for thought. :-)
Last night I was thinking about my comment and how it may be thought of differently. In my own religious experience, though, I've never really felt that I have to come "last". My rant about Bible interpretation is about how some people who've clearly done things to their own profit then tells the other person (the victim of their wrongdoings) this, "You have to forgive. The Bible says so." Doh!!!! I really have trouble with these kinds of people 'coz they don't necessarily want to change and do the right things.
AmelI liked both your reply comments. Very thoughtful and both hold truth. :-)
Oh yeah, pardon me if I seem to have lost the ability to use singular/plural verbs. Finnish has definitely corrupted me in that area and it's also corrupted me in using some things in the English language that in Finnish are used differently.
My Sunday School nuns were quite beside themselves as I wouldn't stop asking questions. Most of what they were saying didn't make any sense to me. Finally, they would just say, "You just need to have faith" to which I would reply, "Then why did God give me a brain to ask questions?" Needless to say, I was switched to public school at the start of second grade.No wonder some of us have a hard time being successful in life - we're brainwashed into thinking we don't deserve to be happy.