Stephen Price always has a way of making us feel uncomfortable. Read more of his work as Uncommon Baptist Pastor here.
“Why does he eat with sinners?” They asked.
Why should they care? We wonder.
Rabbis differ all the time about things.
What’s the big deal?
It’s a big deal
because he dared
to speak with his own authority.
He dared to say
“This is what the Kingdom of God looks like,
and it’s dropped right down here slam in the middle of you all.”
So when Jesus
Who is cleansing lepers
(which is bad enough mind you)
And telling the paralyzed to get up
and stroll on home….and, oh, don’t forget your bedroll;
When he starts singing tenor with the wino quartet on the corner,
Handing out bottled water to the protestors,
And buying coffee for the cop on his beat;
They damn sure want to know
who he thinks he is.
And it’s as clear to you as it is to me
They aren’t gonna like the answer they get.