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Mennonite Pastor | Ph.D. @PTRBirmingham | #jesus #bible #justice #peace #love | 5w4 | he/him | opinions here ≠ official church policy
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27 Feb 19
There are a few things that will surprise many Christians in the new creation: 1) No more privilege or segregation based on "race." "There was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages" (Rev 7:9-17). 1/
2) This world's wealth and status are equalized, even reversed. "The poor man died and was carried away by the angels to be with Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried. In Hades, where he was being tormented..." (Luke 16:19-31). 2/
3) The "procreative patriarchy" of this age is obsolete. "Those who are considered worthy of a place in that age and in the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage" (Luke 20:27-40). 3/
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19 Jan 19
Update on the Mennonite Confession of Faith and Jesus' Greatest Commandment: While it is true that the document doesn't refer to Jesus' teaching on this or cite any of the (numerous) NT texts that refer to this, it does say this... 1/4
"Beginning with Abraham and Sarah, God has called forth a people of faith to worship God alone, to witness to the divine purposes for human beings and all of creation, and to love their neighbors as themselves." (Lev 19:18 cited here) home.mennonitechurch.ca/cof/art.1 2/4
Also, there are several references to "love" as an important dimension of Christian life, especially "love of enemy" (as one might expect). 3/4
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15 Dec 18
How to remain righteous while ignoring God's command to feed hungry, clothe naked, heal sick, welcome stranger, and otherwise bring justice/show mercy to vulnerable/marginalized persons (even tho this runs through the Bible from the Law of Moses to the life/teaching of Jesus): 1/
#1 Spiritualize "the gospel" and "salvation." Make these about individual forgiveness and private morality and life after death. (And when you see all the places in the Bible that include social justice in "the gospel" and "salvation," just ignore them - or go on to #2). 2/x
#2 Spiritualize "the poor" and "sick" and "stranger." Make these about the need for individual forgiveness and private morality and life after death. (And just ignore all the passages that really, really seem to mean the literal "poor," "sick," etc. - or go on to #3). 3/x
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