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Completely at the Disposal of the King

8:40 AM The Abnormal Anabaptist posts his thoughts about the SCOTUS decision in an essay titled What, did something just happen to change the world?  You simply must read it. It’s important to note that the acceptance he’s talking about is not passivity, fatalism, or resignation. It’s not about putting our head in the sand. It’s not about ignoring reality. It’s not about capitulating to evil or a refusal to do what you can do to change things. Rather, it’s a placing of oneself completely at the disposal of the King and His kingdom. It springs from love and trust. We have been shown the pattern by the non-political Jesus, who deliberately laid down His life and now calls us to lay down ours. There is very different from capitation or Quietism. Where there is no trust, where there is no radical abandonment to Jesus’ upside-down reign, it is not to be wondered at that decisions by SCOTUS easily upset Christians. We forget how the kingdom of God operates. The Anabaptists of the sixteenth century — I devote an entire chapter to them in my book The Jesus Paradigm — saw suffering and self-abnegation as normal. Their heroism lay in their acceptance of circumstances that other Christians would have avoided at all costs.

Yes, God can “fix” America if He wanted to. But maybe we’re got the wrong citizenship in mind. There is, indeed, a city set on a hill. There is a pot of gold. But it comes at the end of the journey. Meanwhile, the risen Christ walks with us, transforming us, if we allow Him to.

Speaking of the Anabaptists, you might also be interested in: Would Jesus Have Written a Book?

(From Dave Black Online. David Alan Black is the author of Energion titles Christian Archy, The Jesus ParadigmWhy Four Gospels? and  Will You Join the Cause of Global Missions?. Used by permission.)

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  1. Thanks for the referral, Dr. Black! Although, I’ve now added yet another book to my despairingly long list “to read” now that my formal studies are complete. I look forward to reading your perspective on the “Jesus Paradigm”