Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Bread & Circuses

The hits just keep coming: lying politicians, violent cops, angry gays, looting urban youths…Bruce Jenner’s a Republican?

Just when we think things can’t get any loonier, we’re hit yet again with deflating news: Tom Terrific quarterback sneaked the nation with a smallish pigskin. You think you know a guy!

But he ain’t the first lying quarterback…



We do seem to live in a theater of the absurd.

Our bread and circuses culture isn’t all that dissimilar from the times of the early Christians. In the New Testament book of “The Acts of the Apostles” the apostle Paul is imprisoned for no other reason than he is a Christian. As if this isn’t ridiculous enough, he is being judged by a pervert-king (a man “married” to his full sister).

King Agrippa and his lovely sister-wife, Bernice, “come with great pomp” (How else would such a couple come?) to hear the testimony of Paul the prisoner (Acts 25:23). Upon hearing Paul, Festus the governor, declares him to be insane.

Paul rationally and respectfully responds: “I am not mad, most noble Festus, but speak the words of truth and reason” (Acts 26:25).

Truth and reason are precisely what a world gone mad needs.

The world needs Jesus.

We have Him.

We need to share Him.

How will our Gift to the world be received? I suspect the reception will be now as it was then: mixed. Nevertheless, let us not be ashamed of the Gospel. It is the power of God to save a crazy world. 

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