The Old Testament priest Amaziah ordered the prophet Amos to leave the city. He called Amos a visionary but dismissed him as a dreamy, impractical and false prophet. Biblical history today knows Amos as a true and dedicated prophet, who preached a much-needed message. Yes, Amos was a visionary, as one who looks beyond the status quo and borders to discover better ways to serve God and help people.
Jesus is the ultimate visionary, who superseded the old ways and preached a new way. Jesus defended his Gospel with a thunderous exclamation point by his death on the Cross.
Today, Christians are still called to be visionaries, to daily strive to see what could be and to achieve a more excellent spiritual life. We often hear about the “American Dream,” but visionary thinking is far greater. That vision is found in The Lord’s Prayer: “Thy kingdom come…on earth, as it is in heaven.” The utmost visionary goal is to behold the beatific vision.
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