Prophetic Powerlessness

From Pastor Todd’s weekly email . . .

Iran recently agreed to allow the U.N. investigators to inspect a secret, not really secret, nuclear facility. The diplomatic efforts demonstrated particular ways power is exerted and resisted in our world today. I, like you, hope Iran is indeed looking for ways to provide electricity to their population rather than armaments intended for offensive use in the region.

How do we respond to power? How should we? For some the Temple represented the presence of God. For others the Temple signified power – religious power. On the one hand we might understand the former to describe human hopes that God may be encountered in time and space. On the other had we may view the latter as characteristic of religion gone bad. That is, where instead of an institution intended to represent God to the people in hopeful ways the institution become self-important and any who cannot bring something to the institution are denied participation. Think about the way people were treated who had illness or disease when Jesus was healing on the Sabbath.

In the Gospel of John passage how does Jesus demonstrate his prophetic challenge to power? After all, John tells the story and includes a whip. The other Gospels that record the event do not mention a whip. And, how does Paul – who may have heard about this incident – address power and powerlessness when talking about human communication in the Letter to the Church at Corinth? What are your thoughts?

Jesus invites people into his life and his way. He takes what is and points to the new way of the Kingdom of God.  Come see what this journey is all about!

One way to think about the mission of Jesus - He calls into question the way things are and points to the way things may be in the Kingdom of God. 

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