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Sentimentality, Blessing, and the Lordship of Christ

Stringfellow nails it in this one. I along with, I suspect, tons of the rest of us are implicated in this. Railing is easier than blessing, but its often the less subversive act.

“The categories of popularity or progress or effectiveness or success are impertinent to the gospel. . . . ‘Bless those who persecute you, bless and do not curse them’ (Rom 12:14).  As has been mentioned, this is no adage prompted by sentimentality. It is a statement  of the extraordinary relationship between Christians and the ruling principalities radically constituted in the discernment of the imminence of the judgment of the Word of God in history by which Christians are authorized to recall political authority to the vocation of worship and reclaim dominion over creation for humanity. It is a statement about the implication of the Lordship of Jesus Christ for the rulers of this age. To bless the powers that be, in the midst of persecution, exposes and confounds their blasphemous status  more cogently and more fearlessly than a curse.”

–William Stringfellow, Conscience and Obedience, 110.

One Comment

  1. M.K. wrote:

    I have just finished studying Yoder’s The Politics of Jesus. Tthis quote essentially descrbes the way of the cross, the way of the Kingdom within and among the structures and powers of the world. Dare I say Stringfellow expresses it better? Perhaps not better. Perhaps, more accurately, he takes further what Yoder touched on in his Revolutionary Subordination.

    Sunday, March 15, 2009 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

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