Thursday, March 20, 2008

Philippians 2:5-11

Easter – Year A

Philippians 2:5-11

Who else besides Jesus is in the "form of God"? You? Me? Them?

It may not be "form", per se, that is the issue, but what we do with it.

Issues of exploitation abound in a domination system. Not exploiting is an antidote to such a system.

It is not that Jesus became obedient to a god requiring blood sacrifice, but who followed the internal logic of non-exploitation in an open fashion, thus revealing a domination system for what it is and willing to receive a consequence of such revelatory behavior.

A tricky part in all this is that if Jesus would not exploit his relationship with G*D, why would there be an expectation that he would receive kneeling and confessing?

Would there not, rather, be a hope that others would be encouraged to find a way to be non-exploitative in their relationships with one another and Jesus and G*D and the universe?

So, in honor of Maundy (obedience) Thursday let us image a servant that doesn't kow-tow, but reveals a new way of interacting with others, non-violently, non-exploitatively, on the way to living a mandate to love-one-another.

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