What if fulfilling Torah is not about being right, but about being light?
Blessed. Even these, Jesus says, are blessed. “For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
What kind of Kingdom is this? And who could be its king?
When we talk about salvation as something strictly individual that results in the transport of our immortal souls to some other-worldly “heaven,” we miss the point Jesus makes that the kingdom of heaven is sprouting up all around us, here and now, as we share his radical program of unconditional love.
The radical claim of Jesus is not that we are so much free from something—oppression, marginalization, even sin or death—but that we are free for something. And that something is the terrifying prospect of being able to love in the ultimate way…unconditionally and sacrificially.
There is nothing coercive about this kind of love. Nothing about it screams, “accept me or else!”
Maybe, rather than waiting to hear what God is calling us to, we should do what excites us most and allow God to bless it.
I’m praying that the people of Jesus will worry less about the silent voices of invisible imps and demons tempting them to misbehave and worry more about the systemic sin of an industrial/political/military complex that stirs fear and mistrust in order to protect its wealth and power and privilege.
I want to hear about how you will work with people you disagree with, not against them. I want to hear about how you can provide leadership in seeking productive compromise. I want to know that you are willing to go beyond sloganeering to actually listen to all sides and engage in dialogue across ideological divides.
The sky empties itself of color from gray to gray inviting neither joy nor gloom.
I think part of the problem is that I sort of lost focus. I had begun to drift into what can be a dangerous area for writers. I had started to think I needed to write about things people wanted to read.