Mark 1:14-15, 21-24; seen through the lens of change in the church

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark%201:14-24&version=NRSV

There’s always that fraction of the congregation, I guess, that objects to something new.

«Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” …. They went to Capernaum; and when the sabbath came, he entered the synagogue and taught. They were astounded at his teaching, for he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes. Just then there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit, and he cried out, “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are, the Holy One of God.”»

Ok, so it’s kind of… dramatic, I guess, of me to say this (to accuse fellow congregants of being host to unclean spirits), but, seriously, I have feels about some things.

A: “Let’s open the church to the LGBTQ community and stop telling folks they aren’t worthy and welcome!”

B: “What? Are you kidding? Are you trying to destroy the church?”

A: “Let’s do something new!”

B: “No, actually, I like things just the way they are.”

(On a side note: wow, Mark is perfect for Twitter. Short and pithy. How did he know?)

 

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