So I picked up an old new book today. Old because it has been on my shelf for 3 years. New because it is my first read, which will most likely be hard for some of my friends from school to believe. Today was as good of a day as any to open it up.

These words from the book grabbed my attention, hindered me from moving forward and they have yet to let me go:

“As Jesus demonstrated, the world, for all it’s beauty, is hostile to the truth. Witness without compromise leads to worldly hostility. The cross is not a sign of the church’s quiet, suffering submission to the sign of the church’s quiet, suffering submission to the powers-that-be, but rather the church’s revolutionary participation in the victory of Christ over those powers. The cross is not a symbol for general human suffering and oppression. Rather, the cross is a sign of what happens when one takes God’s account of reality more seriously than Caesar’s. The cross stands as God’s (and our) eternal no to the powers of death, as well as God’s eternal yes to humanity, God’s remarkable determination not to leave us to our own devices.

The overriding political task of the church is to be the community of the cross.”

Resident Aliens, Hauerwas and Willimon

On this special weekend of the UMC (www.umc.org), may we take time to remember and become the community of the cross… the Body of Christ. May we remember that the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ  and how we have been grafted into the story God is actively writing in the world.

May we never forget that God has and is changing the world.

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