Facebook Reflections on Jesus 2.0- June 7, 2015 to present

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Sometimes I talk about Jesus on Facebook. This is the second installment of my Facebook reflections on Jesus. To see the first installment, click this link: My Facebook Reflections on Jesus: September 2010 to the Present (May 15, 2015)

The following is everything I have said about Jesus on Facebook since June 7, 2015  to the present in chronological order:

June 7, 2015 · Which globally destructive industry would Jesus invest in? ‪#‎fossilfree‬‪#‎fossilfreeumc‬
August 30, 2015 · I think young people want to see how the church loves the world, not how the church judges the world. If the church falls in love with the world with its whole spirit, being, and doing; young people and people of all ages will fall in love with the church and will see and experience the way of Jesus in the world.
September 21, 2015 · Pope Francis loves God, loves his neighbor, calls for justice, brings good news to the poor, cares for all creation, and is rejected by the forces who want to maintain the Empire’s status quo. Sounds like a follower of Jesus to me.
November 20, 2015  · “If you want to know if somebody’s a Christian just ask them to complete this sentence, ‘Jesus said I was hungry and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you….’ And if they don’t say ‘welcomed me in’ then they are either a terrorist or they’re running for president.” – Stephen Colbert
December 16, 2015 · The Jesus movement must be a climate movement. Otherwise it cannot bring good news to the poor, create lasting justice, be a maker of sustainable peace, and express responsible care for the very good earth. Climate justice is at the very heart of following the way of Jesus in our time.
December 17, 2015 · 59% of Republicans support Trump’s plan to ban all persons who are Muslim from entering the United States of America. Jesus wept.
December 18, 2015 · Here is my take on Wheaton College’s reasoning for suspending Larycia Hawkins for quoting Pope Francis in maintaining that Christians and Muslims worship the same God: It is quite possible to hold a monotheistic trinitarian relational understanding of God and still understand the God of Christianity to be the same as the God of Judaism and Islam. Pope Francis is clearly a trinitarian, yet he still understands all three religions as relating to the same God but with different interpretations of God. Many Muslims do not think that the God of Christians is a different God than the God of Muslims, they simply think that Christians have an incorrect belief and understanding about the nature of God and how God has expressed God’s self through Jesus. Evangelical Christians can hold a similar view about Muslims without thinking that the participants in the two religions “worship different Gods.” Unfortunately, the fundamentalists in both Christianity and Islam want to focus more on what divides us rather than what unites us. It is clear that members of ISIS do not think that Christians and Muslims worship the same God, and it is clear that the presidents of Liberty University and Wheaton College do not believe that Christians and Muslims worship the same God, but there are plenty of Muslims and plenty of both evangelical and ecumenical Christians (including Pope Francis) who think they do, and it does not warrant suspending a college professor who holds this view – a view which is in no way a threat to an evangelical trinitarian understanding of God.
December 25, 2015 ·Senator Cruz, The way of Jesus never involves carpet bombing or sand glowing in the dark – ever!
December 25, 2015 · Jesus is not to be found in security, a wall, a gun, or an empire. Jesus is to be found in the vulnerable, the homeless, the hungry, the humble, the poor, the prisoner, the sick, the oppressed, the earth groaning in travail, and the refugee. Carrying a gun, building a wall, using prisons for profit, impoverishing workers, making healthcare inaccessible, feeding the military industrial complex, ravaging the planet through extractive industries, and rejecting the refugee will never bring true peace or true joy. If we follow Jesus, we follow a way of sacrificial love, justice, grace, and forgiveness – not the way that cultivates fear, hatred, and separation from our sisters and brothers and from the earth itself.
March 15 at 4:07pm · On more than one occasion I have noticed persons being critical of Senator Sanders for being a humanist as opposed to being a Christian or a practicing Jew. Some of the most wise and most loving people I know are humanists, and I am thankful that Senator Sanders is truthful about his views that we are all in this together and that we should be working for more peace, social and economic justice, and ecological sustainability. As a follower of Jesus, I find Senator Sanders’ views and actions to be very reflective of the way of love and justice in this world for which I think all persons should be striving. In my opinion those who are going after him on his religious perspective are doing so because they are losing the political argument.

13 hrs · Good Friday reminds us that we cannot be both a Jesus people and an Empire people.

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About Mark Y. A. Davies

Mark Davies is The Wimberly Professor of Social and Ecological Ethics and Director of the World House Institute for Social and Ecological Responsibility at Oklahoma City University. From 2009 to 2015, Mark was dean of the Petree College of Arts and Sciences and Wimberly Professor of Social Ethics at Oklahoma City University. Previously, Mark was dean of the Wimberly School of Religion at Oklahoma City University and Founding Director of the Vivian Wimberly Center for Ethics and Servant Leadership. Prior to becoming dean of the Wimberly School of Religion in 2002, he was associate dean of the Petree College of Arts and Sciences at Oklahoma City University and chair of the department of philosophy. Mark has published in the areas of Boston personalism, process philosophy and ethics, and ecological ethics. Dr. Davies serves on the United Methodist University Senate, which is “an elected body of professionals in higher education created by the General Conference to determine which schools, colleges, universities, and theological schools meet the criteria for listing as institutions affiliated with The United Methodist Church.” He and his wife Kristin live in Edmond, OK in the United States, and they have two daughters. The views expressed by the author in this blog do not necessarily represent the views of Oklahoma City University.
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