“Why does Jesus want us to talk to him if he never talks back to us?”… May we empower, listen, learn and be led by this tribe of prophets. Maybe, just maybe, they will show us once again what it looks like to tangibly love God and neighbor SOURCE: Girls: The Hope of the Future | Jon Huckins | Red Letter Christians.
The quote above came from a four-year old daughter of the author of the article. The article was mainly about the most recent announcement of a young Pakistani girl receiving the Nobel Prize for Peace. Jon Huckins thinks maybe she is a modern-day prophet who just might drag the future church into more actions and less doctrine. He holds hope for that and so do I.
Kids just don’t seem to know what is an “appropriate” question to ask. Earnest curiosity has not yet been driven out of them. They have not yet been drummed with a strict religious doctrine that says you must believe things without question. To say that Jesus never talks to us is heresy in most Christian bodies. But I know that I too frequently ask the same question and so did Mother Teresa during her long life of servitude to others.
We all think we would like for Jesus to come to us directly and talk to us but do we really?
Some people in many different religious circles have very different definitions of what a prophet is. Some think that prophesy ended when King Constantine put together our biblical text or maybe even before Jesus. To say that anyone who has come around since then is a prophet is simple nonsense to them But as usual I kind of have a different take on that.
Lets look at a simple non-sectarian definition of prophet:
If a prophet is “an authoritative person who divines the future” then there can certainly be prophets around us today. Even the second definition does not preclude that possibility. You could say that anyone who interprets the will of God is a prophet, even me!!
I kind of think that anyone who tries to show us a better way to God is worthy of the moniker of prophet and that certainly should include all of us.