Friday, June 23, 2017

By your endurance, you will gain your souls

Morning: Psalm 88; I Samuel 3:1-21; Luke 21:5-19
Evening: Psalm 103; Luke 1:5-23

Following Jesus was illegal at first, but in 313, Constantine decreed tolerance for Christianity.  Now Jesus’ message judges those who wield power unjustly.  Not without reason, Jesus said, “People will hate you because of my name.”  Today, the unholy alliance between the gospel and worldly power is crumbling. Christians are re-discovering that the Way of Jesus obliges us to challenge unjust power.  Living free from the protection of the state allows and calls for greater authenticity and honesty, but it also demands courage and endurance.  After 1700 years in exile, Christianity is finding its soul again; Christians are too.

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