On Facebook this week, a colleague posed the questions:
- where is the good news in this text?
- will you avoid the Gospel and preach another scripture?
It is hard to see the Good News in such scriptures as we read this morning.
John the Baptist is a beloved figure within the Christian church and faith. He is beheaded for being obedient to God’s vocation/calling for his life, it is to speak the truth even to those in power.
It is a story as old as our human history.
Within our scriptures, the prophets of old speak truth to the religious leaders and kings of their time and place, who had and abused their power and authority.
The vocation of a prophet is not easy.
It is easy, however, for us to desire and attempt to leave that history and vocation in the Old Testament. Yet, the truth is that the themes and patterns repeat themselves and individuals are called forth to continue that history, vocation, mission, and ministry of John the Baptist and the prophets of old.
There are several examples within our history.
Jesus the Christ
Jesus the Christ was a prophet speaking truth to the power of his time and place. Ultimately, it led to his crucifixion.
But, we do not have to go that far in time and place to bear witness to it. Read the rest of this entry »