Unrestricted Love

Loving our “own kind” and those who already love us is easy love. Where’s the “surpassing righteousness” or reward in that? It brings God maximum glory when our love is as expansive as his. I admit that the enemy-love message is not exactly what you’d call “attractional.” Sadly, it’s easier to gather a crowd with …

The Heavenly Weeper

Though ranting over the evil of the world and rushing headlong into the penalty phase may make us feel righteously superior, it actually exposes our spiritual childishness. It is lamentable that no amount of brainy people working together, no politician or party, and no innovation of science can hold back the tide of our sin …

Sharing Shalom

While some people conflate their preferred party’s platform with their tribe’s exclusive right to righteousness, political alliances are virtually useless in our definition and demonstration of Jesus’ surpassing righteousness. His idea of what is right is transcultural, where parties and platforms are fickle and die slow deaths. They decompose and produce soil in which the …

Othering vs Belonging

We take the first step in the direction of the kind of righteousness that outshines and outstrips its faux versions when we decline to pigeonhole people in conveniently labeled boxes and begin to love them based on our commonality. “The opposite of Othering is not saming,’” says John A. Powell, “it is belonging. And belonging …

The “Rhodium” Rule

Though commonly known as the “Golden Rule,” I suggest it’s more like Rhodium (ˈRōdēəm), the rarest of metals on the planet. Though I doubt my idea will catch on, my point is that the actual practice of Jesus’ rule is as rare as rhodium. You have to look high and low to excavate even the …