Invited

One of my favorite theologians is a man named Dietrich Bonhoeffer who penned a quote I came across recently, which says: “Jesus himself did not try to convert the two thieves on the cross; he waited until one of  them turned to him.” Awkwardly this quote reminded me of a part in the movie Blood Done Sign My Name – if you haven’t seen it, watch it – in the movie Rev. Tyson a new pastor is visiting an elderly woman at her home, she says to him Rev. Tyson are you a priest or a prophet, he says well I think I’m a little bit of both, she says no your either one or the other you can’t be both, a priest comforts us and makes us feel good but a prophet is the one who tells us the things we need to hear no matter who difficult we are living in times in which we need a prophet. I think, I side more so with being a prophet rather than a priest, I have a love for controversy, struggle, tension, fear, and hard lessons that are filled with growth.
 I’m currently at a place in my journey that calls  me to be a prophet which is great, but I’m also at a place in my journey that calls be a priest, so how do I handle both? I keep the words of Bonhoeffer near and dear as I have conservations with college students who are all and different places in their faith journey and some who don’t want to know Jesus. I walk tall, stand firm, whisper sweet nothings, yell I’m here for you, and most of all I follow. No one wants someone scaring the hell out of them, so Jesus can be pushed in – they want something with a higher power that causes them to ask and receive. So, with that said I leave with the words of Bonhoeffer “Jesus himself did not try to convert the two thieves on the cross; he waited until one of  them turned to him.”
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