Imagine that you have no job, no money, you live cut off from the rest of society in a world ruled by poverty and violence, your skin is the ‘wrong’ color – and you have no hope that any of this will change. Around you is a society goverened by the iron law of achievement. Its gilded gods are flaunted before your eyes on TV screens, and in a thousand ways society tells you every day that you are worthless because you have no achievement. You are a failure, and you know that you will continue to be a failure because there is no way to achieve tomorrow what you have no managed to achieve today. Your dignity is shattered and your soul is enveloped in the darkness of despair. But the gospel tells you that you are not defined by outside forces. It tells you that you count; even more, that you are loved unconditionally and infinitely, irrespective of anything you have achieved or failed to achieve. Imagine now this gospel not simply proclaimed but embodied in a community. (Miroslav Volf, “Shopkeeper’s Gold,” as quoted by Tim Keller in Generous Justice, pg. 106)

Would that Kurds in Turkey would know this gospel, and that gospel communities (i.e. churches) would be so prevelant that injustice would be found no more among them!


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