Notes from Pastor Beth

Living by the Logic of Love

One of the resources I use often is Brian McLaren’s book, We Make the Road by Walking. He had an interesting take on the scripture verses from last Sunday’s sermon. Our focus at our Worship Gathering was on the significance of considering ourselves and others to be truly children of God and why this matters as much today as it did in Jesus’ time.

McClaren looks at those same verses (John 1:1-17) and discusses various kinds of logic with which we approach life. The logic of rivalry says there’s not enough (love, money, resources, etc.) and the only way to survive and thrive is through “competing, defeating, deceiving, displacing, or killing…” those around us. (McLaren, p. 13). The logic of compliance requires that humans comply and avoid risking their survival by just going along with the way things are.

Lastly, the logic of mechanism says it’s all a big cause and effect, so get what you can however you can, because that’s all there is. The origin stories we’ve looked at in Genesis and John give a huge alternative – what McLaren calls “the logic of creativity, goodness, and love. The universe is God’s creative project, filled with beauty, opportunity, challenge, and meaning. It runs on the meaning or pattern we see embodied in the life of Jesus.” (ibid, p.14).

It’s easy to find examples of the logic of rivalry, the logic of compliance and the logic of mechanism. What I find to be a thoroughly engaging and amazing challenge is the challenge and invitation to live by the logic of love, of creativity, and of goodness. How about you? Come join me for coffee, or email or call – I’d love to hear your thoughts and challenges as we try to follow Christ together.

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