Stab Yourself in the Leg

Mylan does not make the EpiPen because they care about you. They make it because they want cash money homie. That is why the price has been raised 15 times since 2009 making a two pack $609.

“No one’s expecting Mylan to give away their products. But empathy is the most human emotion. And when you raise the price year after year — by a lot — for a drug that’s lifesaving, it shows a complete lack of empathy,” according to Wells Fargo analyst David Maris.”1

That is because empathy does not turn a profit. Profit, not empathy, is at the center of the framing story of business.

Obviously, our framing stories can get way out of line. Seeing life through lenses tinted by the drive for money, pleasure, and power is what creates the El Chapos, Hugh Heffners and Anthony Wieners of the world. But for most of us, our framing stories are not so grossly skewed.  But, they are skewed nonetheless.

The way we see life may have a fear astigmatism, nearsighted selfishness or farsighted worry. When we navigate through life wearing these cheap lenses we take wrong turns right into the judgmental perfect-mother cult, American Dream Christianity, and hate-fueled politics. We can drive while wearing these lenses, but we cross the yellow so much, we should get pulled over.

The same goes for our churches. Our less than perfect vision causes us to lay our foundation a little crooked resulting in over-hyped gatherings full of trendy jeans or opinionated sermons full of disdain. My faith heritage at some point along the way started to focus on thoroughly modeling the New Testament church. Seems like a good idea except it was a bit off of the mark of thoroughly modeling the way of Jesus. We ended up a bit Pharisaical about how to worship God correctly. This resulted in a lot of split churches mostly over what we can and cannot do in the auditorium during the appointed time.

We mean well I assume. All of us are trying to find our way through life and do it right, well or successfully. But, if we got in a room and talked about our personal approach to getting life right, Suzy would bring intentional parenting, Ron would bring theological accuracy, Sally would bring Plexus or body wraps and Ken would bring the 2nd Amendment.

Moses brought the law. Jesus brought grace and truth. (John 1:17) This is not “truth” as in biblical correctness. This is deep breath clarity and the peaceful final word wrapped in sleep number grace. This is “setting free” truth. Not just from the wages of your loose morals, but from wrong-headed approaches to life. He was there from the beginning and understands how life is to be lived. When we all gracefully seek clarity, life works better. The wearer of lenses darkened by anything else will not recognize the wisdom in this style of living. (John 1:1-6) They ignore Steve Jobs when he offers to help them with their Mac.

Swollen and suffocating? Go ahead and stab yourself in the leg with an EpiPen of grace and truth as often as you need to. Hand them out to your neighbors and pass them around at church. They are free.

 

1 http://money.cnn.com/2016/08/29/investing/epipen-price-rise-history/

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