The church, evil and the way of the cross.

“The call of the gospel is for the church to implement the victory of God in the world through suffering love. The cross is not just an example to be followed; it is an achievement to be worked out, put into practice…[But] What if, someone will ask, the people who now bear the solution become themselves part of the problem, as happened before? Yes, that is a problem and it must be addressed. The church is never more in danger than when it sees itself simply as the solution-bearer and forgets that every day it too must say, “Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner,” and allow that confession to work its way into genuine humility even as it stands boldly before the world and its crazy empires. In particular, it is a problem if and when a “Christian” empire seeks to impose its will dualistically on the world by labeling other parts of the world “evil” while seeing itself as the avenging army of God. That is more or less exactly what Jesus found in the Israel of his day. The cross was and remains a call to a different vocation, a new way of dealing with evil and ultimately a new vision of God.”

– N.T. Wright.

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1 comment
  1. societyvs said:

    “The cross was and remains a call to a different vocation, a new way of dealing with evil and ultimately a new vision of God.” (NT Wright)

    I agree with NT Wright here…the call/vocation is to ‘peace’ and not to ‘war’. We are not to pick sides, in some senses, that have us admitting these people to the kingdom of God while others are not (well, not as much anyways). That’s why I also see the danger in taking sides in a ‘war’ or even a ‘fight’.

    Our goal is peace – and peace for everyone – via our understanding and relationship with God and with one another and within our own lives.

    Those who wish to ‘hate’ cannot call themselves a Christ-ian as would be appropriate of that term…in that they followed the examples set forth by Jesus – who did not hate when reviled, kill when he had the chance, and healed the hurt.

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