Peace and Reconciliation: The Gospel of Jesus Christ Has Teeth
10 Pages Posted: 5 Jan 2012
Date Written: January 1, 2012
Kobe Bryant, Gary Condit, Jimmy the Greek, and Rush Limbaugh, Michael Jackson, Barak Obama, Casey Anthony are all victims of a “conflict-ridden orientation” that prays on human imperfection, broken hearts, feeble minds, and bruised spirits. Paul seems to have been on the money when he said “we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but spiritual wickedness in high places.” To put it in a vernacular we can all comprehend, Paul was saying that the problem is systemic. In other words, he’s talking about a system, a prevailing structurally dysfunctional order that is somehow unrelenting when it senses human ruin. And like a shark, this conflict-ridden structural adversary that Jesus called the world, launches its insatiable appetite upon human souls, especially those humbled by unfortunate circumstances and bad choices. So, like a fatal disease, the aftermath produces death. Such a consequence could perhaps be seen in the guilt leveling orientation that drove Judas to suicide, a physical death, and Peter’s guilt appears to have brought him to a kind of social death at least until Jesus sought him out and replaced the old model that fostered guilt with one that offered peace and reconciliation. We live in an inimical world, hostile, blood thirty, interested only in perpetuating hostility by disguising itself behind a creed of personal responsibility, personal holiness and personal prosperity.
Keywords: Jesus Christ, reconciliation, The Gospel, Paul, Communion, Peace, the table of the Lord, God, Social, Society,
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