Andre Trocme was a pastor in Nazi-occupied France. He and his small town risked their lives – and some lost their lives – to save many hundreds of Jews from the Nazis. He wrote this in a book about Jesus published a number of years after the war.

Jesus’ approach stood in unique opposition to the prevailing assumptions of his day … He did not come in the sectarian guise of his time, offering redemption only to those belonging to a particular group (e.g. Pharisees, Essenes, Zealots …), nor did he adopt a primarily adversarial stance. He came with a prophetic message concerned for the good of all …

Meaning, among other things, that Jesus did not come, live and die in order ultimately to turn all humans into early 21st century American mega-church style evangelicals. So where does that leave us?

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