Creative Tension 02-25-2016

Jesus taught what is sometimes referred to as Jesus’ Third Way … Not pure capitalism or communism, we arrive at Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal and Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society, which is welfare state capitalism.

Instead of settling for tyranny or martyrdom, we become servant leaders. Servant leaders know when it’s necessary to sacrifice, but not to the point of self-abasement. Servant leaders also know how to take a stand for what is right, even when it means standing apart from the crowd and risking ostracism.

Instead of militant autocracy or cumbersome consensus, we arrive at participatory democracy. Democracy is not without its liabilities (apathy, the greatest liability), but it is generally far better than other forms of government that the human family has put up with, and is still putting up with, in some parts of the world.

The process of creative tension and integration that I am getting at here leads us from diminishment, lopsidedness, and fragmentation to wholeness. Reveling in this creative tension is at the heart of The Jesus Paradox. Instead of simple unity (monophysite) or duality (dyophysite) we arrive at diversity within unity—the dynamic unity of The Jesus Paradox (Miaphysite).

May disunited selves find greater unity! May a divided body of Christ find healing!