Last Day of the Sweet 16

The Writers

3 – Lisa Sharon Harper – Left, Right, & Christ
“Justice is the image of God flourishing on earth. Justice is all humanity having the liberty to exercise God’s kind of dominion. Justice is right relationship between men and women, humanity and the rest of creation, all of creation and life, and humanity and the systems that govern us. Justice is present when these relationships are as they should be.”


2 – Tony Jones – Did God Kill Jesus?
“To whom should we listen? The loudest voices? The most educated? The formerly marginalized? The formerly powerful? Those with the most retweets? Those who have traditionally spoken for God are now looked at with distrust by many people, and with good reason. Too often they’ve used their Christian platform for political and military gain. They’ve forgotten that the story of God, exemplified in Jesus, is an abdication of power. It’s a story of self-limitation and humility. It’s a story lived in solidarity with those at the margins. To whom should we listen? To Jesus on the cross.” 


Church Voices

3 – Jim Wallis
“Two of the greatest hungers in our world today are the hunger for spirituality and the hunger for social change. The connection between the two is the one the world is waiting for, especially the new generation. And the first hunger will empower the second.”


2 – Amy Butler
“Consider: Jesus says, “If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also.”  In Jesus’ day, use of the left hand was only for unclean tasks; you’d only use your right hand in polite company.  If you want to hit someone, you used your right hand.  And if you wanted to hit someone to degrade them, you’d use a backhand blow.  Walter Wink says “The backhand was not a blow to injure, but to insult, humiliate, degrade.  It was not administered to an equal, but to an inferior.  Masters backhanded slaves; husbands, wives; parents, children; Romans, Jews.  The whole point of the blow was to force someone out of line back into place.” So—stay with me here—if someone hit you like that on the right cheek and you turned your left cheek awaiting another hit, the person hitting you would be forced to use a fist, not a backhanded slap.  But only equals fought with fists.  By turning the cheek you were saying to your oppressor: I am a person, too.  I am the same as you.”

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