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the Word became flesh and dwelt among us...

Thursday, February 15, 2007

The people of God and human history...

One is either a good German or a good Christian. It is impossible to be both at the same time.
--Adolf Hitler

Here is more medicine from Mere Discipleship, Lee Camp.

It is not nation-states that run the world or determine the real meaning and purpose of history, but God.

The Christ remains in the midst of our rebellious world, for he is in the church--and he continues to suffer. John's Revelation proclaims that the continuity of the church's witness in martyrdom, in participation in the blood of the Lamb, leads to victory (12:11). Just as Jesus was victorious through sacrificial death (5:6), so shall the saints be (7:4-14)

The church must first and foremost be a community of disciples of Jesus, and the primary agenda of the New Testament is calling us to be such a people.

An ekklesia, the Greek word for "church," is an assembly that gathers together to discern how their common life ought to be ordered.

The love of Christ is no idealism, but an active love concretely exhibited in feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, being present to the oppressed.

"For Jews demand signs and Greeks desire wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles." 1 Corinthians 1:22-23

Followers of Jesus must be willing to follow him to the cross, to be crucified with him. The cross--foolishness to the principalities and powers, to the rulers of this age--is actually the wisdom of God, and the way of the church (1 Corinthians 2:1-13).

It is through the way of the cross--the way of weakness, suffering, and marginalization--that the Christian community is to reenvision all things, and to interpret the meaning of its existence.

"The world" schools us in self-preservation, self-maximization, and self-realization; "the world" trains us to live and die, to kill and wage war for the "American way of life."

There is, even now, a new creation, a new world, a new humanity that proclaims a new way of life--and thank God for it, because the old, "the world," has been crucified. It's on its way out, and the new is already on the way in.

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