For that is the point of incarnation--we are completely vulnerable as people who choose to embody love rather than hate. We do not close our hearts. We do not retract our welcome. We do not let fear govern our response to others. For surely, if God so loved the world, then so should we.
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Scientific studies on climate change are unequivocally telling us that the right to the environment is being violated, people are suffering greatly, and that it is time for an ecological conversion. The time is now to build new models of development that are climate compatible and lift people out of poverty.
The call to welcome the refugee is practically an essential tenant of Christianity, and yet after the Paris terrorists attacks, many Christians are calling to halt our (already paltry) resettlement of Syrian refugees.
In choosing to love the neighbors we do not like, we separate who we are from what we do. We can love the essence of an individual without liking the choices they have made or the way they live their lives. We can love the sinner without approving of the sin.
One of the dominant ideologies that now surrounds Black Friday seems to be both loud and clear: Our value as human beings is often dictated by our capacity to produce and consume.
One night my 5-year-old had a tantrum, refusing to go to sleep. "I don't want to go to sleep, " she said, "I want to stay up and make things for the poor kids." Though clearly a manipulation tactic at the time, I am now blown away by her change in attitude over the last 3 years of giving.
There is a beautiful interplay between the old and the young. Lessons exchanged. Inspiration shared. Secrets and miracles handed from one to the other. This relationship is what sustains the cycle of life, and propels the world forward.
The conservative media isn't a big fan of discussing racism. They are however very eager to discuss all of the reasons people shouldn't be talking about racism. The diversionary tactics include such classics as "playing the race card," "black on black crime," and "White guilt."
Linda Hakim left Iraq for London in 1970. But she has never been able to shake off the fear she had felt growing up as a Jew. She heard mobs in Baghd...
There is the China we hear about in the news: largest economy in the world; lifting hundreds of millions out of poverty and into urban areas; largest CO2 emitter; entrenched corruption; toxic air; poisoned food and water; growing disparity; political uncertainties; global expansion and entanglement...
What is the difference, after all, between taking a sword and hacking the head off of children ... or shutting children out out by means of our governors, knowing they will freeze to death because they have no shelter from the bitter cold of winter?
Whether you are fortunate enough to be rich and powerful like a scribe or poor as the widow, we all depend on God's grace, and we all have received what we have through that grace and not our own deserving. Let us put our resources towards those things that lift up the lowly, that empower those with no voice, and that, with God's help, will perhaps even change history.
The time has come for a new look at the role of religion in the governance of states. Jordan would do well to be a leader in this important process, as well.
Those in Christian culture can often seem like ambulance chasers hovering around cultural shifts, ready to defend and preserve Christian "values" - or attack when necessary. Christians in America should not be so worried about being a Christian nation, but instead recommit themselves to being Christians.
Again and again Scripture tells us: Be not afraid, for God is with us.