Text: Luke 19:1-10
Here’s a question: Can a good person get caught up in a bad system and do bad things that the system expects them to do? Is it possible for a decent human being to do indecent acts that are harmful to others simply by carrying out their duty and doing their job?
It’s not a very hard question to answer. We don’t have to think very long before we can say that Yes, this has happened and continues to happen all the time. It can happen to the soldier, it can happen to the business manager, it can happen to anyone within an institution where there is corruption.
For someone who finds themselves living more like a cog in a machine than a caring human being, what does salvation look like? In an inhuman system, is it possible to live humanly and save your own soul, while also extending grace to others?
Abbie and I recently rewatched the film The Lives of Others, which works with some these kinds of questions. The film takes place in East Germany in 1984, five years before the fall of the Berlin wall. One of the main characters,...