November 22, 2016

Sound familiar?

Crushing taxes.

Lack of jobs in rural areas.

A widening gap between the rich and the poor.

An elite class of wealthy taking over urban areas, pushing out the poor.

Swelling nationalist rhetoric.

Brutal intimidation of the populace by authorities.

Sound familiar?

That might describe our current situation.

It could also describe first century Palestine. The context in which Jesus' ministry started a movement that changed the world.

It's worth pointing out that Jesus' message confounded most and failed to align with religious institutions, the market or the state. He challenged it all. He called people to a wholly other way of being human.

His message remains the same.