Educator Paolo Freire said, “Christianity and communism both believe (differently) that history is linear and is headed toward a culmination” — away from tribalism, away from nationalism, away from chauvinism and provincialism.  Faith in Jesus and the faith of Jesus drives us to acknowledge that a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17) has taken hold of our lives in Christ.   That new creation (us) brings every thought into captivity to Christ.  And our allegiances change.  Whereas before, we “looked out for No. 1.”  Now we look to “the interests of others.” (Phil. 2:4)  It’s what we were taught in Daily Vacation Bible School, “JOY, Jesus first, Others next, Yourself last.”

With our new creation worldview, we seek what is good for, as Jesus called them, “the least of these.” (Matthew 25)  And so we are guided to use the tools of God’s kingdom (proclamation, moral force, media, technology) to advance the cases and causes of the most vulnerable and the disinherited in our cultures.