October 6, 2011 1 Comment
Of all the places to look for wisdom on urban development, I would never have thought to go to the Bible. I should have known better.
For one, I should have recognized that civilization in Biblical times had in fact progressed to a point where great cities (if not cities with skyscrapers and subways) did exist. Business was important, as was development and building. Temples, government buildings, public squares and more were an important part of city life 2000 years ago. Secondly, it makes sense that Jesus would have used examples of this city life in his teaching. He often used metaphors from the culture, religion, government and recreation of the day.
While sitting in church a few weeks ago, I heard one specific example in Luke 14. Jesus was using the metaphor of building to teach a lesson about following him, but I think it can also be used as great wisdom for development. Lessons learned following Jesus have apply to all areas of life.