Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Slippery when following.

Well said. Thanks, Adam, for including this post.
There is nothing unslippery about Jesus, that is of course, if we allow the real Jesus to be the one we follow. Following Jesus is risky and disenchanting to popular, comfortable life. If we are daring enough to follow we may slip and fall away from empire worship including the state-nation and the doctrines that suppossedly define the church.

The preceding was a comment I posted in response to a post by Tony Jones included on Pomomusings.

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Matthew 5:38-48, NASB

"You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone want to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you. You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? If you greet only you brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect."