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The fact of the matter is that we are very capable of not doing the right thing. It seems we have an unrelenting self-interest that stands in constant tension with our most natural and authentic self.
It is not practical to be like Jesus. Jesus was a boundary crosser, a radical, a revolutionary. Practicality was not the point for the One who was crucified. The theology of Jesus is fierce because, at its heart, it calls for an ethics of higher righteousness.
Our identity as the church has to do with sharing everything we have learned about being human, about being in relationship with God, about being salt and light.
I’m convinced that we have to reimagine the house to include our neighborhood and our world and all of those who will not likely enter the front doors of this church, but may come to a book study or an enneagram workshop, an animal blessing or a trail walk. Extraordinary things happen when the people of God gather, regardless of when and where that gathering takes place because all who feast on God’s grace are compelled by that grace to share it with the world.
As a church, God is calling us to stand up to our full height so that we can see the beauty of creation, but also have perspective on the suffering of the world. It’s easy for us to look down and see only what is right in front of us. But God calls us to acknowledge the gap and mind the gap.
Here’s the thing. I simply don’t know if I can sustain an attitude of love towards my enemies. And I would have a hard time telling little Magdalena to love those who took her parents away from her. And so I am grateful for the words of Martin Luther King who declares that “love is so much more than emotional bosh.” If it were all about our emotions, I would despair of ever claiming to love my enemies.