Raffi Shahinian on The Good News
This entry is a part of an on-going blog series called The Good News, which is taking place throughout the Easter Season, from Easter to Pentecost. A full list of the contributors can be found here. Raffi’s local newspaper is the Los Angeles Times. Here is Raffi Shahinian on the Good News.
THE GOOD NEWS
Trust me, I’m not a hellfire-and-brimstone kinda guy. But when asked to write a few words on “The Good News” to the people of Los Angeles, I instantly had a Col. Nathan R. Jessep momentâ€¦
A few preliminaries.
By “Good News,” I don’t mean “good news.”
The Lakers are looking poised for a championship run. That’s good news.
The recession looks like it’s bottomed out. That’s good news.
The Creator of the universe has launched His fail-proof plan to fix His beloved creation, and we’re been invited to help Him implement that plan by living in its glow in advance of its consummation.
That’s Good News. It’s a translation of the Greek euangelion, a word used to announce the ascension of a new Roman emperor. It did not imply “break out the champaign.” It implied “get down on your knees.”
It implied “loyalty,” “allegiance.” I don’t wanna say “We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something; you use them as a punch line” â€¦
But you hear me, right?
C’mon, Angelinos. Do you really wanna hear about allegiance to a Master? Do you really wanna hear about ultimate justice for the poor and the oppressed?
I mean deep down, in places you don’t talk about at parties, do you really wanna hear about serving others as a lifestyle? And not just friends and family, I mean others, you know, those uncool, unwealthy, unsexy others, or as some people put it, “the least of these?”
Like I said, I’m usually a much more “inclusive,” “inspirational,” “feel-good” kinda guy. I don’t often use words like “us” and “them,” “we” and “you.” I don’t know, maybe you just caught me on a bad day. But something about the context of this whole questionâ€¦how can I put thisâ€¦?
I mean, we’re talking about things that are fundamentally opposite to the most basic, ingrained principles by which we’ve all been taught to live! We’re talking worldview-level stuff. We’re talking about a bat explaining to a human how it sees the world.
We’re talking about Someone who was despised by the world, in a city firmly footed in glamour.
In a city that hands out golden statuettes to honor someone’s work, we’re talking about the Guy who was honored with a crown of thorns and iron spikes hammered into His body.
In a city where “power” is on display, manifesting itself in the form of power couples, power lunches, power plays and power deals, we’re talking about the first being last, and the most powerful being slaves.
In a city that loves new cars, new restaurants, new trends, new movies, new gossip and new stars, we’re talking about new life, New Creation.
Do you hear what I’m saying? This is nonsense. This is a waste of print. This is a fairy tale!
Stop reading this!! Take another sip of your latte and flip to the Sports section.
Manny’s getting hot! The Dodgers are in first-place in the NL West.
That’s good news!!
|Raffi’s a fledgling author, humbled father, blessed husband, wanna-be theologian, repentant attorney, stumbling disciple and chief rambler over at Parables of a Prodigal World.|