“I tell you, though he will not get up and give him the bread because he is his friend, yet because of the man’s boldness, he will get up and give him as much as he needs.” –Luke 11:8
This comes from an interesting passage where Jesus is telling a story: a guy went to his buddy’s house in the middle of the night banging on the door, saying “Hey, dude! I had some drop-ins and I’ve got nothin’ to feed ’em!”
Moochy has some serious stones.
Dude replies to Moochy: “Eff off, man! My kids are sleeping. Don’t you have a watch? Are you HIGH??!!” And who’d blame him? Moochy comes over in the middle of the night, wakes up Dude’s family, and then has the audacity to ask for three loaves of bread, which were most likely the aforementioned family’s lunch. It’s not like they had bread machines or there was a Panera around the corner.
If I was Dude, I’d find a new crew to hang with. Jesus, in a way, acknowledges this. He comes out and says, “Dude isn’t going to give Moochy the bread because they’re pals.” If one of my friends came to my house at 3am asking for pizza money for their cousins who surprised them with a visit, I would seriously reconsider that friendship.
But would I spot them a $20 if I had one? Jesus says, “Yes.” And for reasons I didn’t expect. Not because they’re my friend and I should take care of them, but “because of their boldness.”
In the scenario Jesus gives us, Moochy’s point of view is simple: he’s desperate. The whole “not having Panera around the corner” thing works both ways. Rude drop-by or not, in that culture, you fed your guests, no matter what it took. In this case it took the help of Dude. And Dude wasn’t being helpful because they were friends; rather, he was probably stunned by the cajones it took to go through all that trouble for his guests. That and he was probably in a sleep fog, and figured giving him the bread was the quickest route back to his pillow.
That being said, just because someone does you a favor does not automatically make you best friends. And for the record, I don’t have a $20 bill, so knock elsewhere.