So this isn’t just some hippy-dippy, airy-fairy, idea that sounds good on paper, and preaches well in a sermon. But these tools have been used in real-world, flesh-and-blood, life-and death situations, and have brought freedom to oppressed people.
While Jesus doesn’t provide a solution to every oppressive encounter, he’s pretty clear about what it means to be different.
When the world lashes out in anger, you respond in love. When others demean you, you have creative solutions to maintain your dignity.
You will not let other peoples’ destructive behaviour turn you into your enemies. You will not become who THEY are.
Your behaviour will be different because you ARE different. You are God’s holy temple, whose foundation is God’s grace in Christ Jesus.
You are a people of mercy and love. You are a people of peace and justice. You are a people of forgiveness and freedom.
You are a people chosen to be set apart to be a light to the world. Your lives bear witness to the love God has for the everyone and everything.
You are a resurrection people whose eyes are fixed on God’s new horizon, where all sorrow, pain, and suffering is transformed into abundant life for all.
You are perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. Or to perhaps the best translation is, you are...(complete post here)