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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, 

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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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