The heart of my understanding of what it looks like for us to live and walk in the Jesus way—walk as Jesus walks—is to fully grasp the inherent dignity of every human being on earth. Every single one. As a result of the inherent dignity—as a result of the image of God being in each person—then each person is inherently deserving of full protection of the law, or equal access to the basic needs of life and equal access to justice.
With everything that’s going on in Ferguson right now, what I hear is that black leadership is beginning to repent for its abdication of leadership. What I’m talking about is repenting from inaction. They’re beginning to pick that baton back up again, and voter registration is a very big thing right now. I think that’s a beautiful and powerful development.
In Scripture, the closest thing we have to agency is actually the call to exercise dominion in Genesis 1. I think that word dominion has been really misunderstood for a long time, and many theologians are beginning to reclaim what it actually meant.
It actually meant something closer akin to “stewardship,” and the ability to make choices that impact your world and to steward the world, to care for it. If you can’t vote, then you can’t do that. That’s one of the reasons folks are repenting now and beginning to do voter registration.
I think that what the Church does, is the Church calls the people to rise up and to walk fully in the image of God and in the Scripture—the image of God. What it means to carry the image of God is directly connected with the call to exercise dominion.
The call to exercise dominion in Ferguson, in part, means to vote. It means to take part, and to let your voice be heard and to let your vote count. A vote in a town like Ferguson can mean the difference between having a police chief or a prosecutor who understands and sees the image of God in you and seeks to protect that and one who doesn’t.
I would say the first thing is to look around at their own friendships and community networks: Their own church, whether it’s a missional church or whether they’re not going to church at all. Where is their community? Who is their community? Who are the people that they are associating with?
It is a very real thing that if we are only associating with people who are like us, particularly in ethnicity in America, then we are most likely insulating ourselves with people that have very similar worldviews.
If you are only surrounding yourself with people who are like you—particularly people who are affluent, have more opportunities than others—then you’re not going to understand when the kids are screaming on the TV, and you see the news that riots broke out again in Ferguson.
Because we have insulated ourselves from that oppression, we not only don’t understand it, we don’t believe it.
I can imagine what is going through people’s heads who have not experienced that, like, ‘What’s wrong with those people?’ The problem is not with the people. It’s with what those people are having to endure every single day.
The kingdom of God exists wherever there are those who choose God’s way. who choose to trust God. You can’t say you live in the kingdom of God and not obey God. One of the things that God cares about the most is the poor, the immigrants, those who are in the margins, those who are most vulnerable.
There are examples all throughout Scripture of ways that God calls people to care for them personally and structurally. They use this, as followers of Jesus, to be people who are called kingdom builders.
I believe at the heart of the kingdom—what the kingdom of God looks like—it looks like shalom. It looks like peace and wellness in all relationships. One of those relationships that we don’t tend to focus on as evangelicals is the relationship between people and the systems that govern them. Bringing that relationship back into right relationship is part of the gospel. It’s part of the work of the cross and the resurrection. It’s a part of the reversal of the fall. It’s that old.
That’s why this is essential to the gospel. It’s really about what the kingdom of God requires. It requires the reconciliation of all relationships broken at the fall including the relationship between humanity and the systems that govern them.
— Lisa Sharon Harper
wtf even is this and why can’t i stop laughing
If there’s one thing I’ve learned from all my friends getting engaged lately, it’s that you get married before 23, or after 30. There is no in between
please stop pouring ice water on yourselves
~please stop being a hater~
y’all getting really specific like “where are all the indie boys with messy shoulder length brown hair and blue eyes who are between 6’ and 6’4 whose favourite vampire weekend album is contra but knows mvotc is their best album and drinks their coffee black with 3.2 sugars and smokes cheap cigarettes on a balcony at 2:23 am” like….. chill
WHAT DO YOU AMERICANS MEAN WHEN A SHOW IS ON AT LIKE FUCKIN “8/7c” WHAT IS THAT????
We never switched over to metric timekeeping. The c stands for “Caw”, referring to how many times a majestic eagle has flown overhead and cawed that day. Sometimes the eagles are feeling sluggish, so the show could be on after either the 7th or 8th caw.
if i get to 2,000 followers i’m going to quit tumblr so remind to me never say anything funny ever again
HELLO ALL. I am currently cleaning my room and wearing a shirt with watercolory deer on it..
We should talk n be friends.
My kissing game has the strength of 109 oxen.
Those people you don’t want in your life but have the same friends as you >_>
Like almost all of Michigan
Shouldn’t have stayed up through the night but I watched The Tree of Life for the first time and went to the skatepark at dawn (because let’s face it nothing makes a grown man more insecure than skating around a bunch of 15 year olds that skate circles around him) and met some other cool even older dudes getting back into it.
So I mean it could have been worse.