Thursday, June 6, 2013

Holiness vs Compassion

The dominant social vision in the time of Jesus was centered around a "purity code" which, in being associated with "holiness" became the core value for life in the community.  Jesus replaced this with compassion. To put it boldly: compassion for Jesus was political.He directly challenged the dominant sociopolitical paradigm of his social world and advocated instead what might be called the politics of compassion. This conflict and social vision continue to have striking implications for the life of the church today. (Borg, Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, p49)

What are the implications for the Church today?


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