I have just gotten back from the Greenbelt Festival. A good time was had by all!
Some people may have considered it slightly damp, ‘damp’ may be an understatement.
Here is a picture of the outfit I thought was appropriate for the weather.
Here is a picture of my losing my foot in the mud.
Some people had a lot more fun in the mud than I did. I merely walked in it, others played some football which was more sliding around than anything else, others forgot pretence and just went jumping/sliding/rolling in the mud. (This was Greenbelt, after all, the mud formed a Holy Swamp).
Some of those baptised in the mud attempted to get a shower but were turned away, for being too dirty.
I totally agree with the volunteers running the showers, the last thing you want is someone covering a communal shower in mud so that the person after them gets out dirtier than they went in.
However, it got me thinking.
Jesus often got himself in trouble for offering hope to those who were too sinful to have hope.
He made friends with those so far removed that they had no chance to bring themselves back.
He was followed by those who were too dirty to shower.
I wonder, who are those who are too dirty in today’s society? Who are the tax collectors of the day?
Who do we, who claim to follow Jesus, need to offer hope to?