Thursday, April 30, 2015

Yaconelli: the dangerous question

Thursday, April 30, 2015
    Commemoration of Pandita Mary Ramabai, Translator of the Scriptures, 1922
    And no one dared to ask him any more questions.
    —Luke 20:40 (NIV)
    [Continued from yesterday:]
    Assumption 3: Questions can be dangerous. Many in our culture have opted to stay safe by limiting our knowledge to what we already know—a self-induced retirement of the mind. If we ask too many questions, the resulting answers might cause us to change. We might become accountable for truth and have to act on it. The Pharisees wanted to shut up Jesus for good. His constant questions were threatening to the status quo. Jesus’ questions were dangerous because the very asking of them was eroding the power structure. Jesus had to be killed because He had to be silenced. Asking “who is my neighbor?” and “whose image is on this coin?” can start a riot. [Continued tomorrow]
    ... Mike Yaconelli (1942-2003), Dangerous Wonder: the Adventure of Childlike Faith, Colorado Springs, Colo.: NavPress, 1998, p. 38-39 (see the book)
    See also Luke 20:40; Matt. 22:18-21,42-46; Luke 10:29-36
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, be not silent, but speak in my heart.
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