Elitists, Peasants, And Jesus

After reading American Thinker writer, Thomas Lifson's article, about how out of touch the elitists are in our nation with the common man, i.e., the peasants, I immediately thought of Jesus' attempt to relate to the so-called "religious" elitists of his day (the Pharisees).

The problem with the Pharisees, is that they were more interested in maintaining their elitist positions within the Roman government, than condescending down to the level of the poor population, i.e., the peasants, and helping them (John 11:45-48 - see commentary). Also note the Pharisees' attitude toward the common man in Luke 18:9-14; cf. Isaiah 65:1-7 (see commentary).

Within our local school district, we see the same above problem with the elitists (those highly educated, six figure salaried folks) being able to relate to us mere peasants (those who don't attend at least six powerhouse meetings per day). I recently told our chief financial officer that the main problem with our school district, was the lack of communication between the upper echelon and the lower employee ranks. She stated that she knew that the problem existed, and that she would do her best to alleviate the problem. Folks, I'm not going to hold my breath until that happens!

Beloved, until the elitists have the humble mindset of Jesus (Philippians 2:1-8; cf. 1 Peter 2:18-25 NCV), the elitists of our society will continue to hold sway over the peasants of our society (that's us!). They will never know what it means to rub shoulders with those of low estate, relating to the problems they have, and that includes some elitists in the Lord's church as well (3 John 1:9-11 - see Bible dictionary).

Mike Riley, Gospel Snippets