2 Degrees of Isolation
Last night I had (yet another) discussion about Calvinism, and how it provides (in my view) no compelling reason against hedonism (yes, there are reasons, but irrationally these depend on a broken selfish nature doing the right thing simply because it's right).
It made me think (yet again) about the sad reality that some in Christianity try to isolate themselves from the world (as if Jesus ever did!). These are the puritan recluse who seek to legislate morality in the hope that this will legislate the soul, who shield their children and leave them defenceless for that day when they'll trip and fall into the mire of the world around.
God says be IN the world, not OF the world. That means "Hey you, yes YOU! Get a grip, open your eyes, and look at what you and others are doing, and how you're committed to causing untold suffering both now and in the future!"
One area (of many) where so many Christians are blind, where to our shame the non-Christians are leading the way, is in how we respond to the global rape of God's gift. Be in the world (so you can help) but be not of the world (in perpetuating inequity).
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