Binary thinking defines most of our cultural world: black and white, boys and girls, Democrats and Republicans. We fall into believing only two ways of thinking exist and that we must choose one or the other of them. Paul suggests only one way of thinking about the world, and that one way frees us from the limitation of choosing between two. In fact, in the one way, our binaries give way to multiple ways of thinking. As the one way, he offers Christ Jesus, the Cornerstone. This Cornerstone erases categories like circumcised and uncircumcised, near and far, aliens and citizens. It replaces them with the household of God.
The household of God does not erase our differences but enhances them and celebrates them. Now we can be black and white and all shades in between as members of the household of God. We can be boys and girls, men and women, gay and straight as members of the household of God. We can even be Democrats and Republicans as members of the household of God. Identity politics give way to the Cornerstone that is our primary identity.
It’s all a matter of perspective. If I always look at the world through my straight, white, female eyes, I will always see a certain kind of world. But if I look at the world through my faith lens, particularly my Christian-tinted lens, I will see the household of God. When I look out on that household, I will respond differently to every person I meet, every decision I make, and every event I witness. Now my choices are limitless because I stand firmly on the Cornerstone.

Cure thy children’s warring madness, bend our pride to thy control; shame our wanton, selfish gladness, rich in things and poor in soul. Grant us wisdom, grant us courage, lest we miss thy kingdom’s goal, lest we miss thy kingdom’s goal. (UMH, no. 577)

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Leccionario Semanal
July 16–22, 2018
Resumen de la Escritura

David was God’s anointed king over Israel. He believed God desired a house, a Temple worthy of God. But God wanted David to understand that only God can build things that truly last. Thus, God promised to construct a dynasty from David’s family. From this line will eventually come the ultimate King, the Messiah, who will rule God’s people forever. The Messiah will complete God’s work of uniting all people as children of God, and the author of Ephesians declares that this has happened through Christ. All God’s people—Jew and Gentile—are now part of a holy, spiritual temple. In Mark, Jesus shows that part of being a great king is showing compassion. He puts aside his own desires to help those in need of guidance and healing.

Preguntas para la reflexión

• Read 2 Samuel 7:1-14a. Do you prefer stability or flexibility? What are the advantages of each?
• Read Psalm 89:20-37. What has been your experience with organizations or churches that are leader-dependent?
• Read Ephesians 2:11-22. When have you found yourself employing binary thinking: black and white with no shades of gray? How has that limited your focus?
• Read Mark 6:30-34, 53-56. When have you had an experience of illness or accident that left you isolated from community? How did that increase your awareness of others in that situation as you moved to health?

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