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Jesus wants to save Christians to be more like Him
on 5 September 2013
To be like Jesus is a tall order but not so impossible if Rob Bell could have been a little more outspoken about us all renouncing the attacks, the occupations, the aggressions, the sheer violence of our descendants and, now, ourselves - on other nations. The Church in exile is the church wrapped in the devil's arms of violence; it should be noted for its non-violence.
Jesus wants to save Christians to be more like Him in the way He renounced empire building in one temptation. Rob omits to remind his readers that the Christian West has been at the forefront of taking and, taking over, countries to be all their own - called colonialism. Now the religious, God fearing, Christian USA is the largest empire on earth. The Church in exile is the church in unholy empire of being on the take; of domination.
"Man shall not live by bread alone". Yet, the Church has done just that in grabbing what and who it can while the going was good. Not just land and fossil fuels but slaves to make us rich beyond what humanity has ever seen before. We are now turning, transforming, the stones of rare minerals and a host of other finite resources to live it up to bring today's comfort and riches. But bread for the poor and future generations is overlooked, ignored, forgotten. Including the stones of fossil fuels and all finite raw materials.
Is this not what Jesus also wants to save Christians from in order to be more like the Man God who rejected what we never, ever reject?
Rob - You have more to include in the next edition, please!