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January 21, 2009 / compassioninpolitics

A nonviolent revolution of love

I need to soak this in some more…but Darren Tyler of Conduit Mission. Darren intially points to the text in 1 Peter 2:9 through 21 , which I will narrow to 1 Peter 2:11-17)

11Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. 12Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
13Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, 14or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. 15For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. 16Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. 17Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.

Darren continues:

I personally believe that our Nation, (not America) but the Nation of Christ, is positioned better than ever to make an impact on this world. I wonder what would happen if we took these next few days, weeks, months, years and started a non violent revolution of Love. What if that love just isn’t just the tingly sensations, and not just stopping with a bunch of churches in the community for “unity “ nights. What if we go further?

What if it was a love that looked like you and I in the most unlovable of situations with the most unlovable of people serving. What if we do a better job than our government (republican or democrat) of feeding the poor. What if we as the church do a better job of adopting unwanted children who might have otherwise been aborted. What if our churches were side by side filled with people of every nationality, income bracket, and background? What if we stop asking the government to do what God clearly has asked you and I to do personally as believers? What if we silence the talk of foolish men with our good works?

We’ve seen what we can accomplish with our well-crafted arguments and debating skills. I wonder what we could do with our lives.

Darren’s conservative leanings certainly bleed through a bit–but I wouldn’t say in a bad way. (and the implicit framing I think he’s coming from assumes a singular focus of how progressives deal with problems) But I think he’s just right theologically. I think he’s right pragmatically. I think he’s right in terms of compassion. Alternatively, I don’t think its either/or. I think its both and. And at the end of the day, in a world in which the church as a collective is not doing its job, is it surprising that government steps in?

Its time to take the next step in our collective discussions. We do need to move from talk/talk to how we can move to being moved by compassion and tangible Kingdom centered action.

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