“Then Jesus arrived from Galilee at the Jordan coming to John, to be baptized by him. But John tried to prevent Him, saying, ‘I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?’ But Jesus answering said to him, ‘Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.’ Then he permitted Him.”

Do you ever think about what all those very first followers of Jesus did the remainder of the day?

How were they moved?

Did they rush home and tell of what they saw, teach what they heard?

Were they emboldened to demand change, fight for change that very moment?


Did they speak, draw, write poetry, make music, burn down a rich man’s home, threaten a local leader, kill a representative of the government?

“Let’s turn the page. Shaman burn the sage. Clear the way for the prophets of rage.”

Prophets of Rage includes members of Public Enemy, Cypress Hill, and Rage Against the Machine.

The whole is sadly less than the sum of its parts.

But the members still possess that driving beat, even as the fire has died down with time. Prophets is lacking only in the purity of their anger, betrayed by their involvement in the politics of now rather than the truth and justices of the forever. Sound and fury adrift.

But the rage is no doubt real, as is the hope, the searching, and many come out to listen. That matters. Tear down and deconstruct until what comes next is revealed.


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