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Let's Not Be Synagogues of Satan

Let's Not Be Synagogues of Satan
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“No matter how right we are in what we believe about God, no matter how accurately we phrase our belief or how magnificently and persuasively we preach or write or declare it, if love does not shape the way we speak and act, we falsify the creed, we confess a lie. Believing without loving is what gives religion a bad name. Believing without loving destroys lives. Believing without loving turns the best of creeds into a weapon of oppression. A community that believes but does not love or marginalizes love, regardless of its belief system or doctrinal orthodoxy or vision statement, soon, very soon, becomes a synagogue of Satan,” (Rev. 2:9). -Eugene Peterson, Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places, 261.

Could we take it out of the Christian and religious context? No matter how right we are (or think we are) about social issues, politics, climate change, and other hot topics of our time, without love, we destroy lives and oppress others.

Let’s not be synagogues of Satan…

-RJP