Joe Clifford’s thoughtful and provocative discussion of prophecy and prophetic preaching raised helpful, even urgent questions for Christians sensitive enough to know that Jesus did not come to baptize the status quo. Indeed, I was reminded of something William Sloan Coffin Jr. wrote that has always left me just enough unsettled to question my own faithfulness. Coffin said: “Prophets from Amos and Isaiah to Gandhi and King have shown how frequently compassion demands confrontation. Love without criticism is a kind of betrayal. Lying is done with silence as well as with words” (from Credo). In this Holy Week and Easter Season, we have much to contemplate about the nature of Divine love and its unwillingness to leave the world as it is. To belong to Easter means to get on board!

 

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