Since We Have Such a Hope (2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2)
The reign of God is first a decidedly earthbound affair. It’s not primarily about getting the rituals all correct, or about managing institutions, or about figuring out a new set of laws carved in new stone tablets to follow, but about unambiguously unglamorous things like doing justice, practicing mercy, and walking humbly with God.
It’s about feeding the hungry, visiting the prisoner, giving voice to the oppressed.
It’s about embracing the refugee, the foreigner, and those who’ve been turned away because they’re not “like us.”
It’s about unmasking the hypocrisy of power structures that allow the wealthy and powerful to keep the poor and powerless under heel.
It’s about choosing peace over violence, about doing the hard work of forgiving the enemy.