What if righteousness wasn’t something God granted us from above?
What if righteousness wasn’t something God granted us from above? What if righteousness was not about “being right,” but rather a faithfulness to God’s covenant, lived out in community? As Kim spoke about in last week’s video resource, “righteousness” isn’t just about ‘us’ and ‘God.’ The kind of righteousness that Jesus himself modelled was wider, deeper, and more communal than that. This kind of righteousness is a way of being with other people that is inextricably related to our relationship with God.
Perhaps all these things Jesus calls us to do in the Sermon on the Mount have to do with seeking “right-relatedness,” and this is why Black history is everyone’s history. When we let our lives be about hungering and thirsting for right relationships with God, with our neighbours, and with all of creation, Black history becomes more personal for those of us benefitting from white privilege (like most Cappers). So when we are seeing His kingdom, maybe what that means is “Let your life be defined by the search for right-relatedness.” (Ella Hanni)