Thursday, October 15, 2015

ARE YE ABLE?



"Jesus, we want you to come work for Zebedee Brothers Inc.!"

To which he said: "What would I be doing?"

"Making sure that we have positions of power and influence when your start-up takes off!"

In my mind, I see the Son of God struggling to keep a straight face: "Did you Mom put you boys up to this? I don't think that what you are asking for is what you think you're asking for! Are you able? Are you able to drink the bitter brew that I drink? Are you able to be painfully baptized in the way that I will be?"

"Yes, we are able!"

"So be it. You will drink as I will drink. You will be transformed as I will be. But power in heaven is not mine to give. It will go to who it will go to."

The rest of the group were appalled by the brothers; not because they asked Jesus for power, but because James and John had dared to ask for power over the rest of THEM! Jesus broke it up, and said: "You know how it is in this world: those in authority abuse their power; and those with the most power are the most abusive. That is not how it will be among you - if you wish to become great among people, you must serve them; to become first, you must be the last. I came not to make you all serve me, but to sacrifice myself for you."

(from Mark 10:35-45) 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

THE VOICE.




From a tornado, God spoke to Job. Imagine James Earl Jones' voice with the amp turned to infinity, and the woofers deep in the bedrock!

"Who are you to darken my day with your ignorant 'common-sense'? Pull up your big boy pants, Job! You had your turn - now I will ask the questions:

I don't remember seeing you when I laid the foundation of the Earth - were you hiding somewhere? What did you see?

Who measured creation? Was it you?

What lies below the foundation? Did you set the cornerstone?

Have you heard the stellar choir or the heavenly praise band?

Can you do lightning, just to say howdy?

Where does wisdom come? Are you the font of understanding?

Have you counted the clouds lately?

Can you tilt the universe so that cosmic dust comes together to form planets?

How often have you been a lioness providing for her cubs and the pride?

Does the raven come to you when its young is hungry?"

(from Job 38:1-7 & 34-41)

Friday, October 9, 2015

DIY SALVATION.



I asked the Teacher: "Jesus, how do I earn my salvation?"

"Do you follow the law?"

Excellent! "Certainly," I said, "I am a very law-abiding and a most devoutly religious man!"

"You are still a child. Go, sell everything you own, and give it to the poor, then you will be my follower."

Slowly, I eased away, merging into the crowd. I am owned by many things, and they will not let me follow him...

(taken from Mark 10)

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

ABUSERS.




You! You turn Justice into rot and decay. You lower the bar of righteousness.

You! You hate being called out and exposed. You hate those who speak the Truth.

You! You have gotten fat by taking food from the poor. You have built mansions with their money. You have planted vineyards with their labor.

I know all your abuses! You will not long dwell in peace in your mansions. You will not enjoy your wine of stolen sweat and tears.

You! You who are a cancer to society. You whose power can be purchased. You who ignore those in need. You!

~ God


(taken from Amos 5)