When the Bible is turned into a tool to justify violence, faithfulness to God requires us to reread it, contest it, or even resist portions of it.
Love is messy. Love is uncontrollable. For most of us, our ability to love grows in seasons. We move from charity to solidarity, and then conversion. We realize that our salvation is caught up in the salvation of others, and then it becomes a force to be reckoned with. Let us be like Jesus, planting seeds of the “kin-dom.”
Let’s be like mustard: “ooh, spicy”
Covenants are not just contracts, exchanges of property or actions. Covenant are about binding two parties together in a way that creates a new identity. God’s covenant with us is rooted in a promise of peace, since from the very beginning humanity was created to live in covenant partnership with God.
Peace Be With You
The summary of the gospel in its fullest sense is that God has a dream for the world’s wholeness. This dream of God’s is not rooted in violence or condemnation but in forgiveness and peace.
To the extent that our lives are shaped by fear we testify that we do not understand or believe the gospel. The power of the resurrection allows us to be vulnerable, to own up to our mistakes, and to live in the midst of the brokenness of the world by witnessing to it the newness of the dream of God.