Sunday, May 2, 2010

Getting Above Your Raisin's

I heard once of a child abuse case in which the child was beaten severely. The defense was that the grandmother was trying to "flop the child's liver" as she had been raised to do. The Lord only knows where this family got the idea that an infant's liver needed to be "flopped" or what that meant, but in practice it injured the child. Here in the hills, we have a saying, "Don't get above your raisin's" meaning not to act above your station in life or deviate from the way you were raised. I'd suggest that there's a better meaning: sometimes the way we were raised gets in the way of our hearing the voice of God. If we are to hear God's sometimes radical message, we must get above our raisin's.

Community Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte, Kentucky, was built on the casting floor of a 19th Century iron blast furnace. We use "The Casting Floor" as an image for the power of the Spirit to form us. Visit us at

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