Thursday, October 25, 2007
Words Of Mark Scandrette
Check out this Mark Scandrette quote, from An Emergent Manifesto.
"Many of us are rediscovering the social ethics and tangible compassion of Jesus. This is a healthy development, particularly for those of us groomed in traditions in which the social dimensions of Jesus's life were separated from his role as Savior. We are developing a more global awareness of needs and opportunities for compassion, justice, and resource sharing. At our best, inspired by the Spirit and motivated by love, we seek justice, reconciliation, healing, and restoration for those who are sick, hungry, thirsty, naked, lonely, or imprisoned. At our worst, we are satisfied by our more progressive political views and token checks written out to the "right" organizations. As my colleague Nate Millheim often says, "Sometimes we think we are caring for the needs of the poor because we now read about issues of justice."
For some who awaken to the call for healing, the weight of privilege and the weight of probable responsibility for systemic global injustice can be overwhelming. Because of this there is a temptation to believe that everything is wrong - what we buy, how we eat, where we live, the vehicles we drive. An acute sense of free-floating guilt haunts and paralyzes the person. In this state we can become the worst kind of activists or moralists, motivated by shame instead of love and imagination. Our efforts at compassionate action need to go beyond mere sentimentality and more integrative means of participating in the healing of our world. The mandate to "seek first the kingdom" propels us to take and engaged and experimental approach to what it means to be faithful in our time. The Spirit of God that hovered over all creation is still present in our world, inviting us to collaborate with our Maker in the fulfillment of God's reign on earth."
I think I swing between motivation by love and motivation by guilt.
How about you?