An Alternative Way of Life

A few lines of narration from Mud Pies & Kites, our film set in Haiti, for which we are still seeking sponsors:

The God whom Jesus reveals
is not a God consumed with power,
but a God interested in relationships
of caring fidelity,
a God who is in solidarity with
the most vulnerable and most needy.

Jesus gives and forgives.
When we walk with Jesus,
God’s generosity is guaranteed,
making greed and the frenetic pursuit of
acquiring more and more of everything
both inappropriate and unnecessary.

Jesus gives us new marching orders:
love one another.
And in the eyes of Jesus,
a brother and a sister
is everyone,
even those who
don’t look like us,
don’t act like us,
don’t believe like us…
and even those
who make us uncomfortable
or hate us.

Jesus calls us to an
alternative way of life,
a way which says no
to control, power and domination,
a way which says yes
to trusting in the abundance of God.
Our culture and our government
certainly do not embrace such a way of life.

A fundamental principal
of the gospel insists
that the weakest and least presentable people
are indispensable to the church.
Sadly, the church, just like the rest of society,
seems more enamored
with the wealthy and powerful.

The central message of Jesus
was this:
God must be understood as,
not power,
but compassion.

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