Prophetic messages delivered by prophet-like people make us squirm.
We don't like "in your face" challenges, especially when they call us to task, suggest that we change and/or do things in a completely different way.
Recently, a note from SoJo mail, the list serve for Sojourners magazine and community, shared this quote with everyone:
"There is no dearth of Christian service today. But because much of it is service without prophetic compassion, it is powerless to bring about a radical change in individuals and society." Vishal Mangalwadi, quoted in "Cry Freedom", by Charles Ringma.
Radical change forces us to work with compassion and imagination on systems, policies, processes, relationships and connections, rather than on individuals alone.
Compassion without prophetic heart is not so hard, but very limited and very much of and about the status quo.
Prophetic message without compassion is not very effective, and it gets heartless and angry and ends up being largely counterproductive.
Marry the two and you discover a powerful energy for producing change. Again, not so easy, at times very dangerous, but so full of hope.
That's the ticket.