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This post was written for Pomomusing’s series Plurality 2.0
(Four Post/Pre/Modern Biblical Concepts for Liberal Christ Followers About Pluralism)
Just like when Martin Luther King Jr. pointed out that all humans in the world are inter-connected in a web of mutuality this post will connect you to a web of others to whom you share common ancestors and similar concerns. In our diversity we share common sins and the same access to a loving God.
Christ Sometimes Accepts Pluralism Hesitantly and Sometimes Ambiguously
He said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” But she answered, “even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” Then he said to her, “For saying that, you may go–the demon has left your daughter.” Mark 7:27-29
John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” But Jesus said, “Do not stop him; for no one who does a deed of power in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me.” Mark 9:38
Christ Did Not Accept Some People
Christ is Always Accepting Those People Who Are Uncomfortable For Us To Accept
Drunks, sex workers, the poor, the unclean, those that waste expensive perfume extravagantly, the foolish, rich women, the mentally ill, tax collectors, demon possessed, lepers, women whose period would not stop, the disabled, strangers, despised foreigners, the blind, thieves, rebellious religious leaders, soldiers & Judas.
Christ challenges us to practice radical hospitality
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