I was reading this Christianity Today post "Where Have all the Prophets Gone?" just now.
I wonder too why we tend to run off prophets. They make us uncomfortable for sure.
I was intrigued mostly by the author's #3 reason: Ministries evaluate size not depth. I don't even know how you truly measure depth. I fear often that we not only evaluate size over depth but value size over depth. It's easier to get strokes for size. But its not about us. It's about Him.
On my email tag right now I have a quote: “The things that really count are the things we cannot count.” It's by TJ Bach, who lived from 1881-1963 and was a missionary to Venezuela.
You know its not only size we value over depth. It's also how eloquent we are, how slick, how attractive...
Maybe if we valued (and evaluated if possible) the things God does maybe we would welcome prophets (and evaluate leaders who are like this over the polished flashy ones.) Things like mercy, compassion, humility, brokenness, generosity, kindness, justice, forgiveness, tenderness, service, etc.
Maybe then we won't stone the prophets and chase after those who tickle our ears.