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Turning Down the Heat

  • Emmanuel Presbyterian Church/Union Theological Seminary 121st street and Broadway, Room 307 New York, NY (map)

We follow Jesus not simply by promoting what he says but by embracing his way of doing things— his modus operandi…  He let go of his glory, rights, privileges, and freedoms as the eternal Son in order to join us fully in our human condition and to serve us there. But he did so without taking on our values…

Jesus’ manner of engaging the world gives us a mandate for involvement. But it also reins in the foolish triumphalism that makes us impatient with our neighbors and with one another. To choose Jesus’ M.O. is to choose faithfulness and service over outcomes, leaving the latter in God’s hands. We can expect to be resisted, we can even expect to suffer— for to love the world as Jesus did means, at heart, taking up a cross— not winning an argument or an election. Nevertheless our efforts have value and lasting effect: insofar as we are obedient, wise, and loving in our public lives, God notes our efforts, rejoices over them, and values them as tokens of what is to be when his Son returns to make all things right. What is more, in some mysterious way, he causes them to last, promising that our “labor in the Lord is not in vain” (1 Corinthians 15:58).

Body Broken: Can Republicans and Democrats Sit in the same Pew?  pp. 131-133
Charles Drew

Center for Christian Civics board member Rev. Charles Drew hosts a panel discussion with two church members from opposite sides of the aisle.