Us vs. Them
(Brian McLaren)

“Now is the time, now is the moment for a movement of liberation and reconciliation.”

How are you called to work as part of this movement for liberation and reconciliation?

2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10
So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says,

“At an acceptable time I have listened to you,
and on a day of liberation I have helped you.”

See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of liberation! We are putting no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute. We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see—we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything.

This episode was written and recorded by Brian McLaren. It was produced by Rev. Jim Keat. Background tracks include Button Mushrooms and All the Ways by Podington Bear, Seven by Dexter Britain, Pony by Gillicudy, and The Soft Glow of Christmas Lights by Will Bangs.

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