Familiarity and honor

“But Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house’” (Mark 6:4 NKJV).

It can be difficult to determine just how people in other places really feel about you. On the one hand, there are often expressions of great honor and respect for the foreigner who has come to their land. Visitors are often assumed to be of higher social or economic status than the local inhabitants. They often are given special legal privileges which ensure favorable treatment. Much of the time it is assumed that such treatment may produce advantage to the good host. All of these and other factors argue for a generous welcome with appropriate honor to the guest. Continue reading “Familiarity and honor”