Psalm: 28, 30
Old Testament: 2 Chronicles 24:17-22
New Testament: Acts 6:1-8

As I sit here pondering what to write…..I find myself always coming back to the question of why do people seek to kill those who speak truth?

This is true of both men we meet in the readings today. Zechariah tries to lead Israel back to YHWH and is stoned. Stephen testifies to the life and mission of Christ and is met with the same fate.

This trend can be seen with many great historical figures: Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr. and JFK just to name a few from the 20th century.

I think the primary response of assasination comes directly from fear .

Strong people with strong messages usually urge people to change ; they shake up the status quo and remind us that the current circumstances of our world are not and should not be static.

When a call for change happens, people are forced to re-evaluate things that they have held dear for a long time. Letting go of those old biases and behaviours removes some of the safety net that comes from knowing who you are and what your place is in the world.

So the question I am left thinking about is this….if we were faced with a modern-day prophet today, would we sit and listen? or would we pick up a stone? +