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3/20/05

Palm Sunday...

Luke 19:28, 41 And when he [Jesus] had said these things, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem...And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it...

Christian theologian Harvie Conn--among others--has pointed out that Christians are afraid of "the city" and therefore we hate it. We may not admit this, but our actions and lifestyles speak more truly. Our real attitude is proclaimed from the rooftops of our suburban homes and the campuses of our suburban churches. But, when we abandon the city, we are working against the inevitable course of history that God is bringing to pass (see Revelation 21-22).

If Christians (including myself) could capture the same vision for the city that Jesus had (and has), then we too would love the city. And, we might then begin to submit to the authority of Jesus, our King of Grace, whose rule we celebrate on Palm Sunday.

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G.K. Chesterton...

"The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people."