No Opium

No Opium

Pain is an inescapable element of human experience. From birth, when the blood of a father is curdled from the mother’s cries of pain, all Continue reading “No Opium”

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Live with Authority!

When those who pride themselves as the premier religion on earth feel threatened by Jesus, they mock him as a prophet. The prophet, in Old Testament times, is the voice of God on earth and so is the highest authority in Israel. He removes kings and installs new ones (remember Samuel and Elisha?). Thus, amongst the Jews, a people called to be prophets of God on earth, Jesus is mocked as a prophet; ridiculed by a people who’ve abandoned their prophetic mandate for political and economic gain.
When those who pride themselves as the zenith of power on earth feel threatened by the same Jesus, they mock him as a king. Who didn’t fear Rome? Its influence runs insidiously through our laws, politics and even our names. How great then, its majesty must have been when Caesars walked the earth, crushing all insolent insurrection underfoot? Indeed the world has known no empire greater than Rome. Yet, this carpenter stands before Rome’s representative, answering his questions with eloquent silence. How dare he! Despite his wife’s warning, the governor from an empire boasting of the justice and order it has brought by its might, condemns an innocent man to death for fear of a riot by mere vassals. Continue reading “Live with Authority!”