The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.”
44 Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. 45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
46 “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.
“Come and see,” said Philip. [John 1:43-46]
I don’t consider myself to be a great evangelist. I tend to shy away from leaders who stand up and proclaim “truth” to the masses and expect them to buy into what they are saying hook line and sinker. I’ve been on this planet long enough to know that grand proclamations tend to box people in to a particular way of thinking and rarely leave room for any kind of growth in understanding.
Proclaimers tend to emotionally bond with their current understanding of facts to the point that they can’t accept new revelations. Pope Gregory the 15th was a proclaimer who got caught by his own arrogance when Galileo conclusively proved that the earth revolved around the sun, and not the other way around. Gregory was so bonded with his own understanding that he had no choice but to condemn Galileo as a heretic, even though he was right. The Pharisees were proclaimers too when they couldn’t accept that Jesus was performing miracles by the grace of God, instead they decided that he must be using the power of the devil and had no choice but to put him to death.
Modern day proclaimers aren’t much different. They are the so called anti-scientific bunch who have a huge political influence and dispute the evidence for Global Warming. They are the Religious Right who stick to a literal interpretation of scripture even when the obvious contradictions of their understanding force them to live a double life. Proclaiming one thing on Sunday and living a completely different way on Monday morning.
Fortunately for us there are still a few churches out there that are different and I am happy to be a part of one. They are the churches that respond like Philip who when faced with a question he could not answer said simply, “Come and See.”
Come and See is an invitation to be part of something bigger.
You have questions? So do we. Rather than wait for a proclamation that you can get behind why not bring your questions with you? Come and see. Come and ask your questions in a community that is working things out as we go.
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