Enacted love is the cornerstone of obedience. Christians are often enamored with flights of fancy that result in them assuming that when it comes to God, it is “to do” that really counts. To merely obey, however, throws us into grave danger of missing the deep relational component of faith, which insists that true doing streams out of being – being a child of God. The personal and paradigmatic core of love of God and others finds its prime expression in Jesus’ courageous obedience. His cross marks the how, but his love explains the why. This means, for us, that being in community with God is being loved by God and loving God, which is the dynamic center and final integration point for the rest; obedience, justice, and doctrine, are never ends in and of themselves.