patient, kind, hopeful. not easily angered or rude.

November 17, 2006

many people see christians as hateful, inconsistent, and robotic. hateful in that we view people as either inside our circle of salvation with a get-into-heaven-free card, or outside with no ticket. inconsistent in that we say “Lord, Lord” and do not live out His commands, and robotic in that we don’t really think for ourselves, but allow a man/woman from the pulpit dictate how we vote, what we drink, where we spend our time, and how we live life.

“jesus comes as a liberating, revolutionary leader, freeing us from dehumanization and oppression that come from all “the powers that be” in our world(including religious powers). his kingdom then, is a kingdom not of oppressive control but of dreamed-of freedom, not of coersive dominance but of liberating love, not of top-down domination but of bottm-up service, not of a clenched iron fist but of open, wounded hands extended in a welcoming embrace of kindness, gentleness, forgiveness, and grace.”

“a ring of selfishness, greed, lust, injustice, fear, prejudice, arrogance, apathy, chauvinism, and ignorance has deformed our species. when i say that jesus is savior, i believe he snipped the ring by judging, forgiving, teaching, suffering, dying, rising, and more. and he’s still working to restore us, to lead us, to heal us. jesus is still in the process of saving us. because i have confidence in jesus as savior, i’m seeking to be part of his ongoing saving work, sharing his saving love for our world.”

love never ends. 1 Cor. 13:8

the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 1 John 4:9

oh, to be formed by this. God, help us. help me know your love and extend it to others. i see that we are called to redeem all of creation for your name, but right now i am reminded of the need to redeem your bride.

*quotes taken from: a generous orthodoxy, brian mclaren


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