Archive for September 18th, 2008
The other thing the whale swallows in the book of Jonah is the story.
“Area man”—as The Onion often lampoons—would say if interviewed: “Jonah, yeah, that’s the one about the guy who gets swallowed by a whale.” See? Fraternity boys eat goldfish, only in reverse. No story.
The whale, though, is a bit player (ho ho). Jonah, the protagonist and representative of the religious “in” group, is an ethnocentric bigot. God sends him to tell a despised enemy nation to repent; the nation does. Jonah hates it. Burning sulfur was more what he had in mind. Big disappointment.
Big story, too. Apparently wanting to see one’s enemies dead rather than blessed is not a new way of resisting God.
I’m reminded of the German theologian who said, “God doesn’t hate my enemies; he doesn’t even hate his enemies!”
May we humans become so. Read the climax of the Jonah story, along with this week’s Sunday readings, just below.
Jonah was furious. He lost his temper. He yelled at God, Read the rest of this entry »