I love this weeks gospel reading from Luke where Jesus sent out his troops mob handed.
Seventy men were sent forth with some very detailed instructions....it was a bit like a canvassing job I did when I was a student! The Labour Party were having a membership drive in marginal constituencies. A group of about ten students were given bed and board in strange towns and sent out to make members!
Our instructions were much the same,
"Don't mess about if you get a bad reaction...just be polite and leave!" There was no injunction to shake off the dust , just an injunction not to waste time.
The line at the end of the reading where Jesus has given them authority to tread on snakes and scorpions would have come in very handy in Greater Manchester.
Sending out people to make friends and influence people was not a new idea then ....it had been done before.
Reading about the 70 who were sent out directly by Jesus I wonder how many actual converts were made and if they stuck to the teaching after it had all gone quiet again.
I doubt very much that the members I made way back in the late 50's stayed for long in the party.
Hopefully the men sent out by the Son of Man may have had a greater and more lasting effect!