Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Living Spiritual Rhythms - October 31

The fierce debate about Christian living in the face of Empire is well known. My brief response to the issue goes something like this. While there are various sources to explore, I am thinking along the lines of the prophets (Isa; Jer; Ezk; Dan) and 1 Peter, where there seems to be a working out of the types of Empire living that are appropriate. That is, in these texts, we encounter, in a deft and wise manner, the coming to terms with Empire. This includes some accommodation and some resistance. Finding our way along will be arduous, and the where and when we resist or accommodate not always precisely clear, yet while it won’t be perfect, we should be a standing for truth and love, as we seek to follow in the footsteps of the Christ. Being aliens is no easy task and it will require a living hope for transformation, no matter how oppressive or inviting Empire may appear to be.