9/07/2015

waves

Thursday September 17th, Mark 8: 31He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. 32He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. "Get behind me, Satan!" he said. "You do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men."   Ohhhh! How hard it is to move from being a Christian to being a Disciple.  Not ready for that kind of commitment, Peter suggested a softer and gentler way, a way of compromise and giving in, a way of maintaining the status quo and not making waves.  Lutherans, myself included, are good at not making waves, we are good at maintaining the status quo while talking about making waves.  Perhaps it is time to hear the rebuke.  Perhaps it is time to make waves not just talk about them for the sake of the least, lost and lonely, and uninsured and all those groups who find themselves on the fringe of society.  Perhaps it is time to pick up our cross and follow.

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