Diminishing the Power of Powerlessness

From Center for Contemplation and Action, Sept 3, 2018

As long as Jesus’ followers were on the bottom and the edge of empire … Values like nonparticipation in war, simple living, inclusivity, and love of enemies could be more easily understood … their faith was untouched by empire, rationalization, and compromise.
When the Christian church became the established religion of the empire, it started reading the Gospel from the position of maintaining power and social order instead of experiencing the profound power of powerlessness that Jesus revealed. In a sense, Christianity almost became a different religion!

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