politics for ordinary radicals

Posted on March 30, 2010

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We can start changing people’s mindset. Instead of asking young people, “What are you going to do when you grow up?” ask them, “Who are you becoming?” The question is not whether you will be a doctor or a lawyer but what kind of doctor or lawyer you will be.
These are every day miracles, the political lives of ordinary radicals. These are political and social and economic miracles. And miracles are different from marvels. Empires and corporations are good at marvels. Remember, in the desert Satan tempted Jesus to turn stones into bread to feed himself. But he refused. He refused to use his miraculous power to marvel people into the kingdom. He worked his miracles not to shock and awe or to feed his own mouth but to feed the masses. So we might not be able to turn water into wine, but if we can help the two billion people who are dying of thirst find water, that is a miracle. Then maybe Jesus will whisper to us on the day of judgment, “When I was thirsty, you gave me something to drink.” And perhaps an even greater miracle than walking on water is walking on this war-torn earth for peace.
-Shane Claiborne, Jesus for President

Very truly I tell you, all who have faith in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.
John 14:12

Question: What kind of person will you be tomorrow? Next week? Next year? May we fight the temptation to clip the nails of the Lion and tame the faith built for radical living and extraordinary love. So tell me – how will YOU live this love?

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