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Jesus was a peasant from centuries ago, executed by the Roman authorities. By the world’s standards, it feels foolish to follow such a person. Then I remember Easter ...

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What if the same Holy Week narrative that calls me to examine Jesus' relationship with unjust authorities — authorities called to steward the image of God on earth — also calls me to examine my own unjust use of authority over my body, an injustice seeded by hopelessness?

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No preaching. No altar call. No liturgy, church building, no judgment, guilt, or fear. Just coming together to sing, share joy, and give. And no one saw it coming, or maybe didn’t even know they needed.

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As we approach Holy Week, I am struck by Jesus’s own acts of resistance and disobedience to unjust authority in his day. Jesus overturned the moneychangers’ tables in the temple. He refused to answer Pilate’s direct question. And he publicly called out the Pharisees and scribes inside the temple. Then he was hung on a tree by unjust authorities.

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Send money if you are inclined, but most importantly, speak about sexual slavery and trafficking to everyone you know. Don't allow anyone to pretend it isn't going on in your own community. Only when all men are vocal about this and intolerant of any abuse of women will things improve.

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Imagine if Christians introduced people to their God instead of their religion.

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