Pastor Megan tells the story of the man born blind who has a healing encounter with Jesus and then tense encounters with some would-be prosecutors in John 9, and reflects on her own experience with a prosecuting attorney after having been arrested at Raytheon, third largest defense contractor in the U.S.
“Now, of course the 4th witness testified to hearing the order to leave [the property of Raytheon], and the jury found us all guilty of criminal trespassing. But not before we’d had the opportunity to tell our stories of encounter with a Christ of peace, a God of justice. Not before we’d had the opportunity to tell our stories of how that encounter had transformed our former blindness into sight. Not before we’d had the opportunity to tell our stories of how that transformed seeing had led to a sense of having been sent.”
Listen here (a few notes below).
Leviticus 15:8 – “‘If the man with the discharge spits on anyone who is clean, they must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be unclean till evening. Numbers 12:14 – The Lord replied to Moses, “If her father had spit in her face, would she not have been in disgrace for seven days? Confine her outside the camp for seven days; after that she can be brought back.” Deuteronomy 25:9 – “his brother’s widow shall go up to him in the presence of the elders, take off one of his sandals, spit in his face and say, “This is what is done to the man who will not build up his brother’s family line.” (NIV)
Job 17:6 – God has made me a byword to everyone, a man in whose face people spit. Job 30:10 – They detest me and keep their distance; they do not hesitate to spit in my face. Isaiah 50:6 – I offered my back to those who beat me, my cheeks to those who pulled out my beard; I did not hide my face from mocking and spitting. (NIV)
“So God fashioned an earth creature out of the clay of the earth, and blew into its nostrils the breath of life. And the earth creature became a living being.” (Genesis 2.7, The Inclusive Bible)
“‘Go, wash in the pool of Siloam’ (which means Sent).” (John 9.7, NRSV)