Jesus envisions a world in which all of humankind, in fact, all of God’s creation, is reconciled and made whole. His vision of the kingdom of God is based on the Hebrew concept of Shalom, which goes beyond peace, in which the needs of all are met, and no one lives in bondage. It’s an upside down kingdom, with a preference for the poor: Those at the bottom shall be lifted up and out of poverty and suffering. A vision of the future, which we, as Christians, promote, needs to include provisions for all. God’s love for all people and all of God’s creation needs to be tangible in it. That is our measuring stick.
Rev. Kristin Luana Baumann, sermon, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Port Angeles WA, 5/28/2017.
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