“These passages teach that God’s acceptance, presence, love, and salvation are openly and freely given to all on a radically equal basis, no exceptions. While our social psychology makes it difficult (if not ultimately impossible) for us to do the same, it seems an ideal worth striving for with all our might as disciples of God.”
“Jesus seems to me to be saying: sure, structure and hierarchy can be useful, but how about we spend our time focusing on loving and serving others instead of arguing over who gets to call the shots.” #dailyoffice
is it possible to seek to advance our political and social goals in a way that does not “interfere with the free exchange of love” and remembers that those we disagree with “have their own history to deal with”? What might this look like in practice? #dailyoffice
“If you’re not welcomed, not listened to, quietly withdraw. Don’t make a scene. Shrug your shoulders and be on your way.” (Mark 6:11, The Message) Is there a way that this could also be applied to our social media interactions?
“I do not view these environmental contexts to be conducive to a healthy spirituality or psychology. … This is why they are important to identify and, with grace, consider how individuals may navigate these types of communities and contexts as best needed for their personal goals and situations.”
It is often a painful experience to live authentically when it puts us at odds with our friends and family. Our brains have evolved to organize almost all of our thoughts and behavior through group identities and group cohesion. … This is part of the reason why our communities are not thrilled if we decide to chart a new course with our lives.” #dailyoffice