It’s hard work being born again: it takes vulnerability, honesty, courage and surrender. And we have to start all over. But the cool thing is we don’t have to create our new life: God gives is to us, breath by breath.
To turn the other cheek is not to be a doormat: it’s to be with Christ in the vulnerable places in our lives and relationships. To establish justice we can”t just enact policies from a place of power: we have to be vulnerable and share our power.
Jesus sees the law not as a legal hoop to jump through but as an invitation to love. Justice comes about when we lovingly care for the other person as a person, not as an object of our feelings or opinions.
God, too, says, “I have a dream.” It’s what Jesus calls the “kingdom of heaven,” or the realm of God. It’s an Empire of grace and justice, shared equally by all people. We are called to follow Jesus in working for that dream, against all fear and hatred that will resist God’s dream.