Luke 4: 18-19

Jesus says, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” I hear in these words a deep commitment to justice and release as key moves of redemption and healing in all that we do.

This sets the tone rather than something more secular like “law and order” for how we love and live in this world. And in theological terms, grace takes precedence over law, to use Paul’s language, not as a basis for ethical license, but as a way to create a better, more heart-based and relational foundation and center for a redeemed community in the Spirit of Christ.