Perhaps there is no more dangerous place for a Christian to be than in safety and comfort, detached from the suffering of others.— Shane Claiborne
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The Christian icon is not the Stars and Stripes but a cross-flag, and its emblem is not a donkey, an elephant, or an eagle, but a slaughtered lamb.
I am sorry that so often the biggest obstacle to God has been Christians.
Christians who have had so much to say with our mouths and so little to show with our lives. I am sorry that so often we have forgotten the Christ of our Christianity.
How can we worship a homeless man on Sunday and ignore one on Monday?
When we ask God to move a mountain, God may give us a shovel.
It is a beautiful thing when folks in poverty are no longer just a missions project but become genuine friends and family with whom we laugh, cry, dream and struggle.
Biological family is too small of a vision.
Patriotism is far too myopic. A love for our own relatives and a love for the people of our own country are not bad things, but our love does not stop at the border.
Christianity is at its best when it is peculiar, marginalized, suffering, and it is at its worst when it is popular, credible, triumphal, and powerful.
We might hope to change the world through better, bigger programs to stop global warming, but global warming will not end unless people become less greedy and less wasteful, gaining a fresh vision of what it means to love our global neighbor.
I just have a more holistic sense of what it means to be for life, knowing that life does not just begin at conception and end at birth, and that if I am going to discourage abortion, I had better be ready to adopt some babies and care for some mothers.
If we believe terrorists are past redemption, we should just rip up like 1/2 the New Testament because it was written by one.
Recognizing that something is wrong is the first step toward changing the world.
It's hard to hear the gentle whisper of the Spirit amid the noise of Christendom.
A pastor friend of mine said, "Our problem is that we no longer have martyrs.
We only have celebrities.
For even if the whole world believed in resurrection, little would change until we began to practice it. We can believe in CPR, but people will remain dead until someone breathes new life into them. And we can tell the world that there is life after death, but the world really seems to be wondering if there is life before death.
We don't actually have rich and poor together instead we have a family.
What does it mean? If you have resources, you hold them with open hands. The mark of the early church was that they began sharing and it said there were no needy persons among them. They ended poverty as they created this new loving community.
Mother Theresa always said, "Calcuttas are everywhere if only we have eyes to see. Find your Calcutta."
In the Bible, God uses brothel owners, pagan kings, murderers and mercenaries as instruments of good; at one point God even speaks to a guy named Balaam through his donkey.
There is a movement bubbling up that goes beyond cynicism and celebrates a new way of living, a generation that stops complaining about the church it sees and becomes the church it dreams of.
We can tell the world that there is life after death, but the world really seems to be wondering if there is life before death.
...I believe in a God of scandalous grace. I have pledged allegiance to a King who loved evildoers so much he died for them, teaching us that there is something worth dying for but nothing worth killing for.
The greatest sin of political imagination: Thinking there is no other way except the filthy rotten system we have today.
You can't really learn God's hope like you learn the logic of an argument or the details of a story. It's more like learning to belly laugh. You catch hope from someone who has it down in their gut.
Christians pretty much live like everybody else, they just sprinkle a little Jesus in along the way.
One by one, these disciples would infect the nations with grace.
It wasn't a call to take the sword or the throne and force the world to bow. Rather, they were to live the contagious love of God, to woo the nations into a new future.
The work of community, love, reconciliation, restoration is the work we cannot leave up to politicians. This is the work we are all called to do.
My goal is to speak the truth in love.
There are a lot of people speaking the truth with no love, and there are a lot of people talking about love without much truth.
This is what Jesus had in mind: folks coming together, forming close-knit communities and meeting each other's needs-- no kings, no major welfare systems, no presidents necessary. His is a theology and practice for the people of God, not a set of suggestions for empire.
As an American, and especially as a Christian, I am convinced that a love for our own people is not a bad thing, but love doesn't stop at borders. Love is infinitely boundless and all about holy trespassing and offensive friendships.
We're remembering each other's heroes, too.
We are learning each other's songs. We are reminding ourselves that we are a global family praying together. We're all trying to live in the light of the history that shines through the biblical narrative.
We have to use our discontentment to engage rather than disengage - our hope has to be more powerful than our cynicism.
There's something beautiful about that Scripture that says, "Your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams" (Acts 2:17). We need each other. There is power when the old and young dream together.
What the Black lives matter movement is doing is they are making it personal.
They are making it hash tagged, exposing the racial injustice that continues to haunt our country in a way that you can't ignore. There is power in injustice becoming personal.
Someday war and poverty will be crazy and we will wonder how the world allowed such things to exist.
It is the church's job, as Dr. [Martin Luther] King says, to be the conscience of the state, not the chaplain of the state.
There is a difference between feeding someone and eating dinner with them.
If every Christian at home just made room for the stranger we would end homelessness overnight.
We need to be politically engaged, but peculiar in how we engage.
Jesus and the early Christians had a marvelous political imagination. They turned all the presumptions and ideas of power and blessing upside down.
[People] need to find words that can reconnect them with each other.
That is the gift of good liturgy, yeah. We're not talking about fluffy stuff. We're talking about real life for people around the world. Our prayers should be said like the daily breath that gives us life.
When we truly discover how to love our neighbor as our self, Capitalism will not be possible and Marxism will not be necessary.
Liturgy and worship were never meant to be confined to the cathedrals and sanctuaries. Liturgy at its best can be performed like a circus or theater - making the Gospel visible as a witness to the world around us.
Discontentment is a gift. It's the stuff that changes the world.
I like how someone once said being a Christian is not about having new ideas but having new eyes. This is the ability to have our hearts broken with the things that break the heart of God. That is part of what it means to be a Christian.
Governments can do lots of things, but there are a lot of things they cannot do.
A government can provide good housing, but folks can have a house without having a home. We can keep people breathing with good health care, but they still may not really be alive.
The church is like Noah's ark. It stinks, but if you get out of it, you'll drown.
Faith is being idealistic, because we have made an idol out of the status quo.
There is extreme poverty in Appalachia, where I was, and increasingly poverty is not just an urban thing.
There is a certain power when old and young come together - we can do more together than we can on our own.
Believe in miracles. And live in a way that might necessitate one.
God's people are not to accumulate stuff for tomorrow but to share indiscriminately with the scandalous and holy confidence that God will provide for tomorrow. Then we need not stockpile stuff in barns or a 401(k), especially when there is someone in need.
The best critique of what is wrong is the practice of something better.
So let's stop complaining about the church we've experienced and work on becoming the church we dream of.