When Jesus cast the demons out of the wild man in last week’s lesson, the man wanted to drop everything and follow Jesus. “No,” Jesus said. “Stay here and proclaim – tell people – what God has done for you.”
This week, Jesus tells a guy who wants to take care of important family business – burying his father – to “let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
The juxtaposit ion brings to mind that great song from The Clash: Should I Stay or Should I Go Now?
So, what does it mean to “follow to Jesus?” It’s all the rage in the church these days to talk about “making disciples” – inspiring people to “follow Jesus.” That, many seem to argue, is the key to the future of the church.
But is Jesus’ asking for “followers” or “proclaimers?” Is there a difference?
Something to think about as we approach the scripture we’ll hear in church together this Sunday.