Friday, April 22, 2016

Jesus is the anti-authoritarian

Jesus is the anti-authoritarian.

He is the one who is the authority of the world but submits to those who should be the servants

The master performs the humiliating tasks that no one else would do.

Many of us Christians want to submit to a dead law rather than a living Christ: "The Bible says it, I believe it, that settles it."

This is the murderous spirit of Christian authoritarianism.  Love dies with the utterance of those words.  This is not the way of Jesus, and is not the way of love. Therefore, let us not fall back into the bondage of immaturity, but grow into the loving people God has made us to be.

Pastor Dave

Monday, April 18, 2016

Set Us Free

There are many authoritarian voices competing for our attention, demanding for us to follow them if we want to be in the in crowd along with the other "righteous" followers. However, no one in this world deserves that type of devotion and unquestioned trust and loyalty: not our sports heroes, not our politicians, not our humanists, not our scientists, and certainly not our pastors. The only one deserving is Jesus.

Unlike the authoritarian voices, Jesus does not oppress us, but sets us free. Jesus is not interested in what we can give him, but what he can give us. Jesus does not use his authority over us to demand a particular outcome that is beneficial to him and his cause, but blesses us so that we can fulfill our potential. This Jesus just wants to love us and protect us, and does not demand our lives for his cause. On the contrary, he is the one who gives his life so that we do not have to.

Pastor Dave