Mark 9: 38-60 (Proper 21) Deformity is better than Conformity

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Hey Marcus. Was sitting in Bourke Street Mall this morning,and saw one of the billboards getting taken down. The wind was blowing the vinyl around all over the place, making the model look all deformed. Reminded me of what you were saying on Sunday. (from Christop).

My rant was based on ideas from Ched Myers, Who Will Roll Away the Stone and basically my points were:
Deformity is better than Conformity.
What does a healthy body (personal and political) look like in our world?
Living alternatives means the church will often look deformed and defective to the dominant culture.
Those who are de-formed or seek to live de-fectively can often “see” what is wrong with our world more clearly.
When we try and live alternatives its easy to get judgmental and even get masochistic. Cast out the evil member among us etc
The passage suggests we need to have salt and fire, traditional cures for amputation and live at peace with each other.
Quotes I based this around were:

In the house where all cry out “I see!”
and continue to do the works of evil
there is only one classic action open to the wise:
Strike yourself blind and explore that Kingdom.
– Daniel Berrigan

Every Christian community must know that not only do the weak need the strong, but also that the strong cannot exist without the weak. The elimination of the weak is the death of the community.
– Dietrich Bonhoeffer

When Christian leaders go to government to call for sweeping structural change, we have more integrity and power when we can say:

“We are part of Christian communities that are already beginning to live out what we are calling you to legislate.” Our call for costly changes in foreign policy toward the Two-Thirds World designed to implement greater global economic justice has integrity only if we are a part of Christian congregations that are already beginning to incarnate a more simple lifestyle that points toward a more just, ecologically sustainable planet.

Our call for nuclear disarmament and international peace has integrity only if there is growing peace and wholeness in our families and churches. – Ronald J. Sider

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