Try this on and see if it fits: I think that the dominant narrative of this country is crumbling and disappearing, and there are people doing everything to hang on to it, including killing (and “killing”) one another. I think Jesus offers an alternative narrative, a way of being in the world that’s good news.
That begins with conversion, repentance, and then baptism into to the death and resurrection of Jesus, a baptism which thereafter becomes a pattern for being in the world.
That’s big, good news.
Just now, a moment ago now, I could not recall the date. I knew we were all in the Month of March and that it was toward the end of the month, somewhere in there; but I could not recall the actual date.
And then Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God and also in me.”
I said how come the pistol now as profit
The bullet some kind of lord and king
But pain is the only promise that this so called savior is going to bring
Love can be a liar
And justice can be a thief
And freedom can be an empty cup from which everybody want to drink
I said how come
I can’t tell
The free world
From living hell
I said how come
All I see
Is a child of God
–Written by De Shaun Dupree Holton, Bryan Johnson, Marshall B Iii Mathers, Dewitt Moore, Denaun M Porter. Sung by Ray LaMontagne
“In any kind of conflict, from the fist fight to the labor dispute, from the family quarrel to the threat of international communism, the Christian sees the world and its wars from the viewpoint of the cross. ‘When we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of God’s Son’ (Romans 5:10). The Christian has no choice. If this was God’s pattern, and if the Lord’s strategy for dealing with his enemies was to love them and give himself for them, it must be ours as well.” – John Howard Yoder, Living the Disarmed Life
Where God is constantly calling us, where Jesus is always inviting us to go, is into the newness of God that keeps unfolding and Opening up before us. And so the question, always the question, without exception of any kind, the question always is: Where is God calling me now? Where is God calling us?
That’s a question we ask individually and one we ask collectively as a congregation, and the two are never ever in conflict.
A Lenten verse to reflect on in these days:
God changes times and seasons, deposes kings and sets up kings; he gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.
He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what is in the darkness, and light dwells with him. (Daniel 2:21-22, NRSV)
Am I Jesus-centric enough? That’s a good question that has very little to do with theology, if at all. Unless it’s a theology of expanding love.