We’ve gotten spiritually soft 4


Even as Christians are raped, tortured, beheaded, and crucified for their faith in the Mideast and portions of Africa; even as Christians are driven from their homes in many parts of the world; and even as state power bullies Christians at home and abroad to keep their faith private, Christians in Europe, the U.S., and Canada don’t fully recognize the horror.

Why?

I’d like to say that I do, but I don’t. I/we Western Christians expect the state to protect us. We’ve enjoyed an unusual period in history where religious liberty was prized as a fundamental right. We forged nations grounded in Judeo-Christian values and think this is the way it is everywhere.

But now we’ve gotten soft. And we’re paying the price… More…

Jesus has to be the most insensitive man who ever lived 8


This reading makes it clear that Jesus is en route to Jerusalem. He’s going to be hanging on a cross within a week.

Keep in mind, Jesus and His entourage have just passed near Samaria, which is only some thirty miles from Jerusalem. That means they could be in Jerusalem as soon as ten to fifteen hours on foot.

So when a man says “Lord, let me go first and bury my father”, Jesus knows the guy is going to miss out in witnessing the divine. More…