The “black cats” of our Christian traditions

My sister and brother-in-law (also named Ben) always have great stories in their newsletters (see why Jesus turned water into wine.). This month they share the following parable from Paul-Gordon Chandler’s Pilgrims of Christ on the Muslim Road: Exploring a New Path Between Two Faiths:

chandler-pilgrims-of-christ-on-the-muslim-road“One day while a Sufi master was speaking to his disciples a black cat kept walking around, distracting and annoying him. So the Sufi master tied the cat to the chair every time he spoke to his disciples. Years later, the black cat died. And the disciples ended up bringing another black cat to tie up every time their Master addressed them. Eventually their master died and a new master comes and every time he speaks to them they first tie up a black cat—as this had now become part of their tradition.”

The newsletter goes on to talk about some of the “black cats” in Christian tradition that hinder relationships with people from other cultures.

What are some “black cats” in our Christian behaviors that you can think of?

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