Wednesday, 20 June 2018
In Buddhism there is a tradition that the novices can criticize their leadership on one day of every year.
This is to ensure that those in authority do not become complacent.
In Judaism God periodically sends a messenger, a prophet, who criticizes the shepherds of Israel - the political and religious leaders.
Jesus was a prophet in this tradition.
Jesus said, "'For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord."'" Matthew 23:39 (NRSV)
By this he meant until they accepted the criticism which comes from God.
For "he expected justice, but saw bloodshed, righteousness, but heard a cry." Isaiah 5:7 (NRSV)
[Scripture quotations (marked NRSV) are taken from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and are used by permission. All rights reserved.]
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