Pastor’s June Newsletter
TIMES HAVE (NOT) CHANGED
In Mark three, we find the story of the house of the strong man. He is, of course, talking about his
ability to “tie up” the strong man, Satan. The most difficult thing for Jesus was not the overpowering
of Satan but living with family. See what the story says just before his words about Satan are spoken:
"Then Jesus entered a house, and again a crowd gathered, so that he and his disciples
were not even able to eat. 21 When his family[a] heard about this, they went to take
charge of him, for they said, “He is out of his mind.” 22 And the teachers of the law
who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebub! By the prince
of demons, he is driving out demons. “Did you notice that Jesus’ family didn’t
think he was processed, but they thought he was crazy and came to “take charge of
him”. And, in a way, they are correct. That is, by healing, forgiving and loving the
unlovable, he is revealing himself as radically different than the authorities who seek
power at the cost of justice for others."
In this day and age, like then, it is risky to seek justice. People will say you are out of your head or that
Satan is your master if you offer yourself to the cause of others. Sad to say, that has not changed.
Followers of Jesus are not excused from dealing with the evil of injustice. The last few years have been
full of injustice and we need to call injustice what it is…an evil. Whether it is a police officer who kills
a man just because he can, or a gang member shooting into a home, violence never resolves the issues
that separate us. And, often times we are called to be as Jesus is. A witness to injustice and a voice of
compassion. Church, this year we need to be will to bind that “strong man” by calling out evil acts
when we witness them. Jesus would not be still when he found folks bound by the evil one and he was
willing to be called foolish, or even evil in order to reveal the injustice in the world…are we?