Disruptive Gospel

Red Hoosier Dogwood on Water Ford Church Trail

Red Hoosier Dogwood on Water Ford Church Trail

On Monday evening my best friend and I were invited to dinner by Rhoda’s sister Lois and Roy, her husband.  Rhoda’s sister Betty and Cary, her husband; were guests, also.  Roy and Lois had gone walking on Easter afternoon to find harbingers of spring, an actual blooming plant.  Their success caused us to open up my website to “Easter and the Day After” to see the colors captured by my camera while walking the waterford church trail.  We admired the little blue flowers which Roy recognized but could not name.  The second colorful picture he identitified as being left over fall colors.

Since I am reviewing pictures you may be interested in the history of the lead picture of  the “Easter” blog.  I wanted an Easter picture so opened google, clicked on images, and wrote in Easter.  The first image to appear was of our four Ybor City girls singing in Tampa in 1945, five years before Rhoda, Rachel and I arrived in Tampa.  Apparently google had appropriated the picture from this website, to my pleasure.

Clouds in the water along the trail

Clouds in the water along the trail

A friend asked me what capitalism means to me.  I told him that my recent thoughts about capitalism came from Jesus’ response to the activities in the Court of the Gentiles in the temple.  He said that the entrepreneurs in the court were robbers who had turned the court into a den of thieves.  That, I thnk, may be an appropriate description of capitalism.  

Little Christians were disruptive in Ephsesis where the Christians were accused of turning the world upside down.  Later in Corinth their was an uproar because some citizens felt their income was being threatened by the missionary message of the Apostles.  Wall Street would be disrupted if the Gospel were preached and practiced in all its purity.

Death along the Waterford Church Trail

Death along the Waterford Church Trail

This noon the CMC”s Mens Fellowship hosted Connie Caiceros, director of Center for Community Justice, who described the ministry of this organization in our community.  This dear woman and the agency she directs is an example of carrying the DNA of Jesus.  If all Chriatians promoted restorative justice, church schisms would be healed, jails would be opened, governments would care for people more than for money, health care would be universal and free and right and left would embrace.  The world would be turned upside down.  The Kingdom is at hand.

 

About Martin Lehman

I was born 92 years ago, the son of a Mennonite pastor and organic gardener in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. At age 10 I was baptized as a member of the Marion Mennonite Church. I own the "Old Fool" moniker because I want to walk the Jesus Way even though the world and much of the church takes me as a fool for doing so. In my life I have moved from being a young conservative to an elderly radical. I tell that story in My Faith Journey posted on my website.
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