Applause, an intoxicating addiction common in churches, is particularly corrosive. Its addicts are tempted to allow what others think to trump what is true and right.
We embrace the Jesus we want, the popular Jesus who listens to our problems, offers us comfort and easily forgives our sins. But we quickly reject the unpopular Jesus, the Jesus who offends us.
Can Jesus do any deeds of power here in this place, in you and in me? It took his hometown folk to prove that it takes a village to reject him. Perhaps it is time for us to reveal that it takes a village to respond to him and to his presence, and then give Jesus the opportunity to do a new thing in our hearts.