Excerpt #24

While the world says, “believe what you want but make sure it remains a private preference,” we proclaim the exact opposite. Tolerating this worldview kills the mission of God in God’s church – following Jesus is not meant to make my life safe, secure, comfortable or more tolerable to a majority of Americans. It definitely won’t compartmentalize down to a nice, cozy pocket! In the same way, Jesus is larger than a political affiliation, so my allegiance to him should be greater than my allegiance to a political party. Following Jesus, as Hauerwas states, “is going to make my life dysfunctional to most Americans.”

Jason Barnhart, Sunday Asylum: Being the Church in Occupied Territory, page 89.


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