Saturday, June 14, 2014
I look forward to meeting the Bible prophets. Their's was a thankless job, to put it mildly. The age of the prophets is long gone, but with the spiritual world in such chaos and disarray and so full of false prophets and teachers, I suppose that every serious Christian can identify in some small way with these sage words. If they can't, they should.
"... The prophet is a troublesome ... voice, hated by the church's
leaders and out of favor with the church's members. Like a wild,
ragged, unkempt coyote scenting from afar the smell of carrion,
like a raven always croaking out the same cry, like a ... wolf howling
on the mountain top, the prophet travels throughout the church ...
followed by suspicion and hatred... He is ... a man who sees with
a troubled heart - but with clear eyes - the compromises the church
is making with the world today, and the consequences that will
accrue to it tomorrow ... Like all truthtellers who disturb the
slumbering majority and who unsettle the peace of the church's
leadership, he is avoided like a leper, persecuted like an enemy
and those with a reputation in the church for 'being somebody'
detest him ..." Giovanni Papini