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2 Responses to “Faith’s Fourth Estate”

  1. marble says:

    Unfortunately, we know what so often happened to the prophets of the Old Testament. For Islam, having enshrined a single man as The Prophet, it would appear that the role is no longer a viable one and that any attempt to operate in that role is a punishable presumption and heresy. For Christianity? We may pay lip service to the idea of the prophet role, but we so often excommunicate the messenger (if not worse).

    The word picture we have of “a voice calling out in the desert” is apt. Unless we’re out in the desert, we’re unlikely to hear the voice. . . .

    It is certainly worthwhile to call people to listen for the prophetic voice. But do we really expect a big audience? Apart from God’s Revival, not so much. Thus, are we expecting people to really listen to the prophetic, or just ensuring that there is a ‘space’ for it? I have to question just how prophetic a prophet is, operating in some kind of “protected space” called the Fourth Estate.

  2. Mike Metzger says:

    Marble:

    You raise many good points (questions) but I have to say the space is anything but protected. You’re correct that prophets are often voices crying out in the wilderness. That’s partly because they are outsiders, but partly because they have been discounted and shoved out. Rather than go out to the wilderness, my hunch is God would prefer we give them a place at the table. Since that is unlikely to happen (as you correctly note), the value of this column lies mostly in trying to be faithful in remembering how things ought to be. Something to be said for simply remembering. Thanks for your reminders as well.

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