Faith Weekly: Should I Stay Now?

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.