From Julie Clawson’s “A Neighborless Christianity“:
Having no neighbors to love does make our faith easier. As long as we aren’t going on murder sprees, cheating on our spouse (or looking at porn), and only gossiping in the form of “prayer requests” we don’t have to do the hard work of repentance very often. But add social sin into the mix and say that part of worshiping God involves caring for the poor and oppressed and faith becomes exponentially more difficult. None of us could claim a good relationship with God by those standards.
The crux of argument? That the message of “personal” salvation being God-focused. All about him and not about ourselves. Hogwash. Whitewashing what really is about ME. I never really thought of it that way before and yet it’s definitely true to my experience in Evangelical-dom. I was never really very good at playing that game, but even still it’s taken me a number of years to undo what was done and yet I still catch myself reverting back to that mindset.
This quote here? Absolutely spot on – resonant in a way that so few things are. Ouch.