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sexta-feira, 2 de junho de 2017
A CALL TO CHANGE
with many other words John exhorted the people and proclaimed
the good news to them.
3:18 (read 3.7-18) - NIV
history religious and secular prophets have seen and announced the
consequences of reckless actions of human beings. Many of these
prophets also presented ways to avoid the disasters resulting from
such deeds. The pre-scientific world considered tragedies to be the
direct actions of angry gods (Sounds like today’s fundamentalists).
To appease their wrath people had to do something to please them.
prophecy was ethical, targeting the moral effects of unethical the
behavior. John the Baptist, following that tradition, was the bearer
of a message of warning of the disastrous effects of unethical human
acts. God would pour out his wrath on the evil doers (not innocent
bystandes). He preached a change of life (repentance) as the way to
avoid God’s punishment. His preaching reminds us of the message of
the prophet Jonah to the residents of Nineveh that the city would be
destroyed because of the evil committed. But the people repented
(changed their ways) and avoided the tragedy.
to John the Baptist, the way to avoid the terrible punishment that
God would send would be to “produce fruit in keeping with
repentance”. That would be a change of life which would include the
sharing of goods, non-exploitation of others and be content with what
we have. That would avoid disaster and prepare the way for the
arrival of a new order with the reign of a Christ in a new world of
justice and peace.
almost two millennia, the prophetic message is more urgent than ever
before. Human greed, combined with high technology, not only
undermines the social order, but also the ecological balance of the
Earth. Also at stake is our relationship with all of creation:
fauna, flora, air, water and soil. Now only ethical and social
changes alone will not be sufficient, although these, too, are
urgent. We need to adapt a new life style that will no longer consume
more resources than Earth is able to produce.
we have in common with John the Baptist is the urgency of change in
is running out.
Ecological and social analysts, based on research, are pointing out
that humanity is mounting an unprecedented social and environmental
disaster. Our socio-economic system is destroying the balance of
nature and causing climate change which is starting to flood coastal
areas. New high resistant viruses (ebola)
are appearing and old diseases which had been almost eliminated are
on the comeback in forms that are immune to present antibiotics.
Kingdom is here on earth and depends on our participation to make it
work. There will be no magic ark to carry us away if we fail. It is
either survive together or perish together. We are preparing our own
way and it depends on us which way that will be. The prophetic
message is always a call for us to determine our own destiny. The
good news is that we can change course.
3:7-18 – NEW
INTERNATIONAL VERSION (NIV)
said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, “You brood of
vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?Produce
fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to
yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you that
out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.The
ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not
produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.”
should we do then?” the crowd asked.
answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who
has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.”
tax collectors came to be baptized. “Teacher,” they asked, “what
should we do?”
collect any more than you are required to,” he told them.
some soldiers asked him, “And what should we do?”
replied, “Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely—be
content with your pay.”
people were waiting expectantly and were all wondering in their
hearts if John might possibly be the Messiah.John
answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one who is more
powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not
worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.His
winnowing fork is in his hand to clear his threshing floor and to
gather the wheat into his barn, but he will burn up the chaff with
with many other words John exhorted the people and proclaimed the
good news to them.