Missional Life

The Postmodern Quaker

For in that Christ died, he died unto sin once, but in that he lives, he lives unto God. Likewise, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin but alive unto God in Christ Jesus our Lord. — Romans 6:10-11

Particularly in this age of what Jean-François Lyotard called “incredulity toward metanarratives,” when master-narratives such as Christianity are perceived as inherently oppressive, to be missional must be to live “in Christ.” But long before the possibility of a postmodern consciousness, the first Quakers, acutely aware of the oppressive nature of normative Christianity, were already proclaiming that message.

To be in Christ is to be free of sin, liberated from the self-centeredness that produces human injustice: to have the mind, or mindset, of Christ, who is the righteousness/justice of God. We come into that condition, the Friends found, not by attempting to think and act in a certain way but by allowing ourselves…

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