“It doesn’t matter what we do, no one is better than anyone else.”
While it sounds simple enough, that statement is loaded with implications. So, we decided to have the follow up discussion the next week and decided to use these questions:
I think there are actually two statements there and I’m wondering what we really believe. So, we are going to unpack it tonight.
Statement #1: “It doesn’t matter what we do.”
Is that true?
Why would it matter what we do?
Why wouldn’t it matter what we do?
Are there some decisions or places in our lives where it really doesn’t matter?
Are there some decisions or places in our lives where it matters a whole lot?
How do we know the difference?
What does our faith tell us about our actions and behaviors?
What do the scriptures say?
Statement #2: “No one is better than anyone else.”
I think Jillyn meant this to be a statement one of the value of each person, meaning everyone is of equal worth.
Do we believe that?
What would make someone worth more than someone else?
Worth more according to whom? What about according to God?
What would make someone worth less than someone else?
Worth less according to whom? What about according to God?
What does God say about our distinctions of worth for different people?
Who are people that we/society under value?
How might we change those perceptions and ideas?