October 31, 2011
“For as long as they’re well paid and well fed, the prophets preach, “Isn’t life wonderful! Peace to all!” Micah 3:5 (The Message Bible)
Eugene Peterson (author of “The Message”) wrote that the words of the prophets in the Old Testament were “God-grounded, God-energized, God-passionate.” Today, we have some self-proclaimed prophets who use charisma and eloquent speeches to preach their values, perceptions, and interpretations of religion.
I sometimes watch a Sunday-morning televangelist, who is famous for his preaching on the love of God and the need for positive thinking. There’s certainly nothing wrong with his messages, which often are entertaining and thought provoking. But, I wonder how the concept of positive thinking and knowing that there is a loving God, sustains the person holding a pink slip at the end of the week, because their position has been eliminated, or how the parents of a fifteen-year old daughter can think positively when they get a call from the principal saying their child had skipped school again.
The journey to the cross can be down-right messy.
Dear Lord, thank you for your Son who walks along side us through all our ups and downs in life. Amen