It’s profound, and relevant. And it’s funny.
So here goes:
Jonah was a good man. His behavior was proper, and his political beliefs were always correct. He knew all of God’s commands contained in Holy Scripture, and he was careful to observe every single one of them.
He never plowed with an ox and a donkey yoked together, and he would never wear a cotton/polyester blend shirt—not to mention a garment made of wool and linen woven together. (And note: If you don’t recognize the reference, go look up Deuteronomy 22. The objection to mixing things that are different is a thread that runs through Deuteronomy, which is full of commands we honor but don’t follow any more. So if anyone proof-texts Deuteronomy at you, think carefully about whether it’s one of those.)
So Jonah was a moral man who held the right position on every issue. Take climate change, for example: he had studied that story about Noah and the flood, and he saw that it was obvious that something had to be done.
Yes, Jonah loved God, and he was sure that God loved him especially because he was so good.Continue reading