The Jazz Theologian

The Jazz Theologian

Marginal Christianity

We as Christians need to be comfortable being marginal.  This will require two things:  Surrender and Choice.

Surrender:  We are being marginalized in this country and we can be OK with that.  We live in a pluralistic society that is actively moving us out of power.  I don't think we should fight this, for power is not the goal of the kingdom-obsessed, love is. I like how King said it, 



Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice and justice at it's best is love correcting everything that stands against love. (Martin Luther King Jr. August 16, 1967)

Choice:  Jesus hangs out on the margins, he told us so in Mt. 25.  There is an experience of Christ that can only be found when we choose to meet him on the margins and borders.  King chose this life despite his middle class and educated life.  Listen to this…

I choose to identify with the underprivileged, I choose to identify with the poor.  I choose to give my life to the hungry.  I choose to give my life for those who have been left out of the sunlight of opportunity.  (Martin Luther King Jr. August 16, 1966)

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posted February 20, 2009 at 10:08 am

Hey Jazz –
I see where you’re going with this, and I like it. What the world tells us is important and what is truly important are two totally different things. I taught a study on Hebrews 13 the other night. What a counter-cultural first half! Those exhortations are directly in opposition to what we are told by society is important – sex (and lots of it with lots of people), money, power.
We need to live lives that are more concerned with embracing the marginalized, meeting Christ in unique places. I’m moving towards that in my life, and will hopefully be living this kind of life in all areas of my life later this year.

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