True power is not be measured in magnitudes of destructive force. The power of the Spirit is measured in increments of life-giving strength.
The dehumanization or demonization of the other, whether it is of a stranger or of an enemy or of a political adversary, is the first precondition for the inhumane treatment of others.
Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven. (Matt. 19:14; KJV)
Would Jesus’ attitude toward Jewish customs, social interactions, and religious outlook have been perceived by his peers as wildly liberal, or staunchly conservative, or somewhere in the middle?
It is I. I am he who wipes out your transgressions, and your sins I will not remember. (Isa. 43:25)
When questioned concerning which is the greatest of all the commandments, Jesus famously replied, You must love the LORD your God will all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength [Deut. 6:5], and You must love your neighbor as yourself [Lev. 19:18]. When Jesus selected these two verses he did… Continue reading The Other Greatest Commandment (Lev. 19:34)
Should prayer for the rulers and authorities silence prophetic witness to those in power?
How did Jesus respond to Roman imperialism? Did he ignore the oppression of his people?
Be perfect, therefore, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.
According to the Gospel of Luke, when Jesus sent his disciples ahead of him, he told them to be on the lookout for "sons of peace."