Notes from Jan

The Peril of a Loveless Culture

January 18, 2017

So many images and words in recent months:  tight lips, furrowed brows, clenched fists,  accusations flying faster than truth.

At the beginning of a New Testament survey class, I’m reminded of the world into which Jesus came.  Not all that different from what we’re experiencing, except for tweets and few other means of mass communication or mis-information.   Large groups of people desperate for a messiah, others determined to hold onto the powers and privileges they enjoy and those  open to something or Some One, not of their own making.

Too simple?  Perhaps.

But as the country prepares for the “peaceful transfer of power,” as remarkable as that is, not all are at peace. Issues that plagued the time in which Jesus came: taxation, poverty, injustice, inequality beat upon the doors of the houses of Congress and our own.

How is a follower of Christ to live in these times?

What would Love do?

 

 

 

 

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  • Reply Dan & Kathy Russ January 19, 2017 at 12:48 am

    Jan,
    Thanks for your reflections on how Christians can and should respond to the times and injustices through which we are living. I recently read an editorial by K.A. Ellis in Christianity Today that addresses this question: “Christians are most powerful not when we’re ‘counter-cultural’ but “other-cultural,’ not “a-political’ but ‘other-political.” Our power lies in engaging the culture truthfully and lovingly on Christ’s terms, refusing assimilation for acceptance’s sake. Historically, the true church values faithfulness over dominance–consequences be damned.” I encourage you to read her whole article.
    Grace and peace,
    Dan

  • Reply Madeline January 25, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    Jan I had the pleasure of being at Joy Bible study under your leadership. Glad to reconnect to your words of God’s wisdom

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