Wednesday, Jan 16, 2019. Are you willing to look critically into your own activities? Are you willing to hear what is going really wrong in your life? And are you open to hear what is going really well? Sometimes both things are connected. Sometimes people want to stay secure behind some layer or in some distance. But as a conseqence they cannot accept good feedback nor critical words.
Jesus addressing points …
When you listen to the words of Jesus, you hear both clear blessings, consolation and encouragement, but you can find also quite critical and even hard words. Both of them are formulated in a breathtaking and very clear way, in particular in the “Sermon on the Mount”:
20 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. 21 “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied. “Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh. 22 “Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! 23 Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.
24 “But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation. 25 “Woe to you who are full now, for you shall be hungry. “Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep. 26 “Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets. (from Luke 6)
One thing is for sure: Jesus is not avoiding conflict. He is adressing points which are to be addressed. He is not afraid of telling people the truth.
Real Consequences …
Life has real consequences. And we live in the middle of it. This includes our relationship to others. It includes our spiritual path. Our faith and trust in God has consequences. But also if we miss faith and trust, this has consequences.
Too often we live in a bubble, we do not realize the sincerity of all what is taking place in this world. People live their life without God. They are not worse people than others - of course it depends. And there are enough problems in the Christian communities as well, there is enough which is not good. We all know it. This also has consequences, severe consequences. We need to think about our own actions, and also how we deal with things in our communities!
Jesus is blessing. Jesus is warning. And then he continues: “but I tell you …”. You should read on, this speech is the best I have ever heard. (Roland Potthast) ... further texts