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The Followers of Jesus as provocative. Comments to: adebelak@redeemerluth.com

The Followers of Jesus as provocative bring a bit of excitement into the day. The excitement comes from the way we live. It is exciting because we may act in ways that bring questions to the prevailing ways people go through the day. Why, for example, would we take the time to feed the poor in a society where many voices seem sick and tired of what is given to the poor or are afraid that if we care for the poor - the well-off will suffer? Why would we stand with and be an advocate for people who do not fit into societies image of what is right and good and worthy? You see, our presence in the world causes the world to question itself and the life it attempts to build for a few. The Followers of Jesus as provocative do not simply go along with trends of the day. In fact, we need to be a people who are out in front of what is being consider to be acceptable. We are the ones who need to be showing how the life of the world expands when we go out on the limb to include new ways of living in peace in our world. That will always stir up some questions and - in some cases - some excitement.

God of Love and All Hopefulness, teach us the way of our Lord, Jesus, so that we may enter this day within a realm of hopefulness that does not simple fit into the world. Teach us to trust in your Spirit's power to change the world. Amen.