Beloved Community

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“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” – Mahatma Gandhi

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Mark 10:42-43

“You know that those who are recognized as rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones make their authority over them felt. But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant.”

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Jesus told his followers right up front that the kingdom of God is not like the kingdom of the world.

Rulers in Jesus’ time would rule with an iron fist.

It was all about wielding your power for your own benefit.

Jesus said that the greatest among his followers would be the one who led with an open hand to serve.

The greatest would not be known for power but for compassion.

But this servant would not be weak.

Jesus demonstrated standing up to those in power and speaking out for the oppressed and marginalized.

His activism was strong, but his actions were non-violent.

What a difference this type of leadership would mean!

Today we continue to see the insanity of violent and warring leaders as well as the senseless loss of lives.

Martin Luther King, Jr. popularized the term “Beloved Community” to depict the result of Jesus’ vision:

“Dr. King’s Beloved Community is a global vision, in which all people can share in the wealth of the earth. In the Beloved Community, poverty, hunger and homelessness will not be tolerated because international standards of human decency will not allow it. Racism and all forms of discrimination, bigotry and prejudice will be replaced by an all-inclusive spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood. In the Beloved Community, international disputes will be resolved by peaceful conflict-resolution and reconciliation of adversaries, instead of military power. Love and trust will triumph over fear and hatred. Peace with justice will prevail over war and military conflict (The King Center).”

Dr. King knew that conflicts were inevitable, but believed that they could be resolved through a commitment to non-violence.

With Jesus in mind, may we all continue the endeavor of bringing about the Beloved Community wherever we are.

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Remember: God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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