April 12, 2014
Sermon for Holy Week, Sabbath of the Palms
Make no mistake: the ministry of Jesus was political. He inaugurated a revolution. His violence in the temple, his judgment upon the religious and governmental leaders and his prediction of the fall of Jerusalem make that clear. But what he doesn’t do is try to raise up an army. He doesn’t try to rally votes for a new candidate for office. He doesn’t try to replace the current religious leadership with his own entourage.
Instead, he worked to expose the hypocrisy, inequity, corruption and moral bankruptcy of the system as a whole. He was leading a revolution…but it was much bigger than just against his culture’s religion or the empire-du-jour. It was a revolution against any power, any system, any authority that harms or excludes anyone from experiencing humanity to the full.
Jesus was a traitor. Those who follow Jesus are called to join him in his treason. Christians who affirm and preserve the status quo have misunderstood the mission of Jesus. It’s time to continue the donkey revolution.
The book I mention in this sermon is: David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell
Here is the link to the video clip that is shown near the end of the sermon: