The Despised Ones have decided to discuss Philippians 2:5-11. As I am away on my honeymoon, I want to keep this very short. Here is the passage:
In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.
We should be careful, then, how we use theology. If it walls us off from having to engage with certain people, if we say to our opposition, “It’s just what the Bible says!” then we have become the opposite of Christ. We have supposed ourselves to be like God Himself, and as deities, we should never have to deign to engaging the lesser beings who believe lesser things and take part in lesser activities. Or we might even be physically present with them while still always condescending them.
We cannot do this. We must love all people and invite them in equally, no matter our disagreements. If we cast any out, it must be for their hatred of others, not for their deviation from the given moral guidelines. God Himself descended to us and lived with us, never in condescension but in servitude. How much more should we be servants of love, accepting even the most despised of society?
Theology which offers a moral high ground is certainly no Christian theology. Our theology must lead us toward love, acceptance, and humility.