“Then he told them many things in parables...” - Matthew 13:3a
“When there's an authentic mystery, as opposed to just a question being asked, that's what makes you lean forward.” - J.J. Abrams
Part 5 - Preach Preacher, Preach. We Need The Good News!
Whatever the reason, at some point we need to recognize, no matter if we are minister or congregation member, when we fail to speak those kinds of truths in the face of hate, exclusion, violence, bullying and any other kind of unloving actions, we fail to be reflections of the one we claim to follow – Jesus.
The Powers That Be love it when the Church is docile. As a matter of fact, a domesticated and responsive Church is one of the best ways to control the masses. As Karl Marx so aptly observed, “Religion is the opium of the people.” Power mongers learned long ago to use religion as a tool of manipulation. It has been used to oppress, marginalize and devalue the very people whom the powerful use it to manipulate. That is not where Christianity started.