Justice and Love

“Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.” -Cornel West


Secularism’s Tendency Towards Injustice

“But what if unbelief is precisely the problem? What if it is precisely the secularization and naturalization of our political life that ends up absolutizing it, engendering an intolerance and reign of terror for any who violate its orthodoxy? A society that forgets it is not ultimate is by nature the most prone to injustice. In that respect, unbelief is not a protection from holy wars—it is exposure to holy wars by other means.” -James K.A. Smith


Why Forgiveness Flounders

“Forgiveness flounders because I exclude the enemy from the community of
humans even as I exclude myself from the community of sinners. But no one
can be in the presence of the God of the crucified Messiah for long without
overcoming this double exclusion — without transposing the enemy from the
sphere of the monstrous… into the sphere of shared humanity and herself from
the sphere of proud innocence into the sphere of common sinfulness. When
one knows [as the cross demonstrates] that the torturer will not eternally
triumph over the victim, one is free to rediscover that person’s humanity and
imitate God’s love for him. And when one knows [as the cross demonstrates]
that God’s love is greater than all sin, one is free to see oneself in the light of
God’s justice and so rediscover one’s own sinfulness.” -Miroslav Volf

Fashion Is Not Truth

“Andrew is the one who taught me that what I believe is not what I say I believe; what I believe is what I do. . . . I am learning to believe better things. I am learning to believe that other people exist, that fashion is not truth; rather, Jesus is the most important figure in history, and the gospel is the most powerful force in the universe. I am learning not to be passionate about empty things, but to cultivate passion for justice, grace, truth, and communicate the idea that Jesus likes people and even loves them.” -Donald Miller, Blue Like Jazz

The True Canaan in the Consummation

“However the day will come when our greater Joshua will lead us into this land. Christ will return as the commander of the Lord’s armies, and with his sword he will devote to destruction all the evil that has invaded his land. We will finally take full possession of our inheritance in the true land of milk and honey. This will be the land we’ve always longed for, the land that Canaan was always pointing toward, the land where we will finally be at home.” -Nancy Guthrie, The Son of David