Ken Sehested

The call of Jesus to abandon homes, families and land is not the imposition of a new “holiness” code, as if material reality is impure and must be spurned in the quest for the “purity” of spiritual life. Rather, his charge is to recognize the way normal security arrangements—homes, which provide private sanctuary from physical threat; families, which were the basic means of economic production in ancient societies; and land, the pivotal measure of wealth—distract us from the true spirituality of shared resources. The only lasting security is mutual security. Whereas the roots of terrorism lie in the hoarding of sanctuary, economic production and land ownership. But to get there requires a radical reorienting of our minds and hearts. This is what it means to get saved.