Thursday, August 9, 2007

Love as Holiness and Justice

So, way back when I was taking a course on theology we were discussion the implications of the greatest commandment lived out... and one of our classmates came up with a diagram that made love expressed vertically as holiness and horizontally as justice... it was an interesting thought - same source LOVE in and out. 2love might be on to something ( and the other day I blogged about two completely different churches - and someone commented about their desire to see them put together... the passion and purity of a hot holiness expressed outward through compassionate, thoughtful social justice - sounds to me like the makings of an early movement called The Salvation Army. The dangers in both areas are holiness becoming religius piety and justice becoming crusty and hard. Both need the true source of love as their blood or they dry up. Which love do you lack at the moment... I say UP and OUT with abundance... come on church - wake up.


Victory of the People said...
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Victory of the People said...

i reckon you cant really have one with out the other.

sure, you can like the Lord a whole lot, but i dont think you can truely love Him if you aint doing the justice side of it all.

and then you can be doing the loving your neighbor thing mighty fine, but again without holiness its not as fun.

im not as convinced on my second thought as i am to my first...but im sure its there

so to answer your question what love are you lacking???

both. becuase i think if your lacking one then you must be lacking both.

so what happens. what happens when your up and out lines have disappeared and your passion has run dry and you are just a dot in the middle of the page...then what

james said...

Ive also heard the commish speak about our love being deeper and wider. Deeper with Jesus (holiness) and wider with the community (justice)

i think Geoff webbs book on weslyan stuff speaks about Gods qualities/character being love as holiness and justice...