Disciples are formed and defined more through habits and behaviors than through beliefs and decisions. The shape of a life is capable of giving witness to the life God empowers. The content of a sentence is not. The practices that create and heal relationship are capable of embodying God’s love. The unpredictable, uncontrollable, and unknowable consequences of a choice are not.
The problem with labels is that they are both entirely insufficient to capture the reality of life and at the same time entirely necessary for us to say anything meaningful about the world.
The point is not to live “right.” The point is to live love. (Mark 2:27)
There is no list of don’ts. There is only God’s love. (Matt 22:37-40)
Sin is a secondary concept. That we try to name and respond to sin without a clear conception of the kind of community that sin breaks is a result of the radical individualism of the modern world and a source of our punitive response to brokenness. That we have no concept of the community sin breaks is the main cause of our collective inability to have coherent conversations regarding appropriate contextualization of scriptural morality, the shape and purpose of Godly living, or the meaning of law in scripture or church history.
The opposite of trust is not doubt. The opposite of trust is control.
Radical idea: UBI + single payer healthcare – welfare = capitalism, but with people as an asset rather than the problem