Anxiety decreases clarity.
If we see our relationship with God in the world’s transactional framework, we are doomed. We can never earn our way to freedom.
The good news here, hidden between the pack of dogs and the flames of Hades, is that the word of God may come to us, surprise us, from anywhere and anyone.
The church, I think, has spent too much time asking for sad money, for obligation money, for “Please give now so we can pay the bills” money. But, that’s not what Jesus talks about when he talks about money in the present age. He talks about the power of giving away money and stuff to change the world, to break the power of Mammon.
When we follow Jesus, we will find ourselves crossing social boundaries set in place by fear that has been put in place through generations – boundaries between people of different economic classes, different races, crossing language barriers, lines between those with lots of education, those with some, and those with very little. If we follow Jesus, looking for friends across social boundaries, we’ll find ourselves in the company of conservative and liberal Christians, Jews, Hindus, and Muslims, atheists, agnostics, and apathetics.