Darrel and Gail Voth

Directors of Mobilization, Beautiful Feet Missionary Training and Sending, Choctaw, Oklahoma

Living in the tension of the “Now-but-not-yet”

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We’re all waiting, wondering, daring to hope that eventually things will someday be made right in this crazy world. No more need for fear, everything out in the open without shame or judgment. That’s the Vision, right? The Hope? All is as it should be? As we’re waiting, we can catch glimpses of this future if we pay attention. But, it feels diminutive, fragile, tenuous…

Though the current power system seems unavoidable, it’s also clearly unsustainable. Self-preservation cannot save us. Defensiveness will not protect us. Punishment does not redeem us.

If we combat wrong violence with corrective violence, does justice grow? Does healing come? Is relationship fostered?

Love alone leads us to Life. Love for ourselves? Yes! Forgiveness for the guilty? Blessing those who violate our rights? Mercy for the ruthless? Friendship for enemies? Welcoming the stranger? Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes.

There’s no time time to waste! Start now. Change today… and every day which follows. Is it safe? No. Not yet. But one day…

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Author: darrelvoth

Just a boy with some bread and a few fish waiting to see what Jesus is going to do next.

One thought on “Living in the tension of the “Now-but-not-yet”

  1. This quote by Tim Dearborn inspired my latest ramble:

    “God desires that we be living signs of the kingdom, to provide visual aids of what life will look like one day when the kingdom is fully here.”

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