What is more frightening to the community than a crazy man? A reformed crazy man who might come back to town and blend in… How can you trust that?
It’s wonderful that he got better, but at what price? That was an expensive herd of pigs. If Jesus decided to help every crazy person and troubled soul, how many more pigs would it cost?
People like Jesus’ work until it costs them. As we follow Jesus, it is imperative that we value all men above the price of many pigs. A soul is invaluable to God.
The man’s story changed from dark torment to restorative justice. He was brought back into the community where he gave praise to God for his miraculous recovery. Instead of everyone’s monster, he became a witness to God’s deliverance.
1. Who are the ‘monsters’ in our society? We have names and profiles of why they must be expelled from the village.
2. Are we to show hospitality to monsters?
What are safe ways to approach monsters?
3. What happens to churches when they go on
a crusade against a perceived monster?
4. What do we learn about human nature from the classic monster stories (Frankenstein, Vampires, Werewolves, Zombies, etc.)?