I was reading an article the other day about the problem of feral pigs in Alberta.

Not that I’m all that interested in the problem of feral pigs in Alberta…..

However, I discovered that feral pigs are one of the world’s most invasive species. Who would have thought? And while fascinating, that wasn’t what captured my attention about the article.

What captivated me was the subtitle of the article that read: “Officials are unleashing ‘Judas pigs,’ which are fitted with GPS collars, eventually leading hunters to groups of their fellow swine.”

When I read the term “Judas pigs”, I wondered if the author knew the Jesus story or if they were simply using an everyday cultural reference?

It is remarkable how many secular folks, who have no understanding of the Jesus story, understand what it means to be a “Judas”? Very few people reading the article would fail to understand that the Judas pig would betray the other pigs.

Those same people, who have never read the gospels, probably understand the concept of the Good Samaritan, the Prodigal Son and what it means to turn the other cheek.
Another reminder that the legacy of the Bible and the teachings of Jesus have impacted our world, from hospitals and universities to the description of feral pigs in Alberta.

Have a great week and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.

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