My followers who are Christian anarchists know how much I’m squealing like a little kid getting ice cream right now: I’ve got a piece up at ReKnew, Greg Boyd’s site! Check it out:
But “neighbor” isn’t a favored term of the culture wars, is it? Caught up in inflammatory rhetoric—in accusations of hate speech and sin, of immorality and inflexibility—it’s all too easy to see our cultural foils as anything but our neighbors. Yet whatever we decide about politics and the Bible’s teaching on these topics, “love thy neighbor” must be our main culture war tactic. Because even if they’re wrong on every issue, people on the other side of the culture wars are people Jesus died to save.
And we have not been patient, we have not been kind.
We have envied, we have boasted, we have been proud in our own righteousness.
We have dishonored others, we have been self-seeking, we have been easily angered, we have kept many records of wrongs.
We have taken pleasure in the failings of our opponents and made the truth serve our purposes.
We have placed political victory above forbearance, trust, hope, and loyalty.
Lord, have mercy.
Glad someone finally said it.
… and it won’t cost you a cent.
Make yourself happy.
Make happiness the goal of your life.
The people who truly care about you will want that for you.
The people you’re supposed to be around will make you happy, not miserable.
That’s why we’re here.
Russian troops cross the border in Ukraine