“How do you read it ?” Jesus in Luke 10:26
I’ve taken several posts to lead up to this final testimony. Hopefully, if you’ve followed along, you can appreciate the build up of me stating things how I see them. There is something both strong and weak about testimony. Strong, in that hearing things personalized and actualized, can give more power than the mere postulating of theory. Weak, in that the knowledge rests more in the person, their limited experience and opinion, rather than in vetted institutions. Hopefully, by now, it’s more obvious that collapsing these two has been the aim of much of these posts. Perhaps collapse is inevitable. Either we collapse in the manner aforementioned, or we succumb to the proverbial prophecy found in a perishing people who have no real vision. That would be a downer. Nothing like a testimony as a pick me up.
I identify with, and find solidarity in, Christ revealing God’s Love on the cross, dying for my sins. I derive a great sense of Life from perceiving that God is kind. Christ’s kindness does not get overcome by the world, rather it overcomes the world. In my mind and heart, the powers (both satanic and secular) that assert merciless dominance have been utterly shamed and exposed to the point of being defeated. And so, I live in a way that heralds this victory of Christ as effecting everything. I find the self sacrificial love of Christ as simple and communicable revelation; one which can be stewarded both as the way of salvation, and the way of life…or put even more simply…altruism is how to live and how God is saving the world. I believe in persistent covenant-like commitment to this as conversion, and immersion into this school happens only through an open, shared life community.
I do not know, nor care about much else.