Reluctant prophet

Luke 4:14-21; 1 Corinthians 12:12-31a

The results of my efforts at a prophetic ministry have been mixed. I became a parish minister at the time when Barry Goldwater was challenging Lyndon Johnson for the presidency. The Democrats ran commercials that imagined an electoral victory by the warmongering Goldwater, then showed the world exploding. Seeing an opportunity to be involved in the really big issues of life, I delivered a sermon on peacemaking. I barely avoided naming candidates or political parties, but the congregation got the message and laughed good-naturedly at my failed subtlety.

When Johnson won the election, he immediately adopted many of Goldwater’s aggressive Vietnam policies. I felt betrayed, and ended my career as a pulpit politician.


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