Respecting the awesome power of words!



             Photo by Gay Jenkins Kallschmidt

The prophets of old
stand with and for
the widow, orphan, and sojourner, 
just to name a few,
still speaking truth
to my power
and your power,

not because they had
psychic ability
to see into the future,

but because power's
seduction and anesthesia
have been the same since Eden.

The gospel calls us
to not only accept
this truth about the ways
we have lived
with privilege unawares,
unquestioned, unexamined,

but also to speak
this societal truth ourselves,
not just in our worship,
but in the marketplace,
in the schoolhouse,
in the courthouse,  
in the statehouse, and
in the neighborhoods.

It calls us to stand against
exploitation and oppression;
to live and breathe
justice and dignity
in ways that make them
a reality in the lives
of all our communities.

Let us not just be the
gathered religious community,
but let us also dare
to become the sent prophets.

© 2016 Todd Jenkins



3 responses

  1. Katie J. Kester

    Powerful words, Papa. And a powerful call to action!

    Liked by 1 person

    September 23, 2016 at 9:49 am

  2. Ben Padgett

    Hey Todd,

    You keep giving us a perspective that is as old as the Scriptures. Thanks!

    Liked by 1 person

    September 23, 2016 at 10:14 am

    • Which is not implying anything about your age … just joking!

      Liked by 1 person

      September 23, 2016 at 1:30 pm

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