My dad is a very conservative fellow who fills his head with very conservative thoughts from various, right-wing political preachers, as I’ve come to know them. He could probably deliver a great sermon on the lies of global warming, quote any number of said preachers, etc., but has previously shown little to no interest in the Scriptures, in the pure Word of God, and often misses services Sunday in favor of yard work or rest. Recently, though, after I recited for him Romans 1-4, which my discipleship leader and I had memorized beforehand, he listened attentively and came up to me that night while I was in the bonus room. He beat around the bush. “Hey, if someone were to start reading the Bible, where do you think is a good place to start? At the beginning, or a specific books, or–?” I cut him off. “John.” He nodded, taking this to heart, and picked up the book I’d been reading, The Ragamuffin Gospel. After reclining and reading for a while, he handed it back, told me to keep it where he found find it, and walked away.
I’ve found that by locating verses, stories, etc., that are relevant to his interests, I can keep him tuned in for a time … I opened my new New Jerusalem Bible to begin reading and I opened to an old, old, old apologue: Judges 9:7-15. I originally had interpreted it as being about the Olive Tree, Fig Tree, and Vine about sacrificing their values (or rather, a part of themselves) in becoming a political authority and thus refusing on these grounds. Upon reaching the end, however, I was less sure. In any case, it got me thinking:
Do you know of any good politically-oriented morals, lessons, stories, or verses, that might catch a man of such a description?