Four Episodes of Mutual Flourishing in the Bible


“And Moses said to Pharoah: Well, perhaps we could cut a deal? We leave some of our people enslaved under drivers you appoint, with whom – just to be clear – we “disagree most profoundly” and you let others of us go to worship YHWH in the wilderness? We will call it “mutual flourishing”! Good news all around. What do you think?”(Exodus 5:24)

“And Jesus said: ‘Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. And when they come be aware that they are hungry. They too must eat. They are ‘ravenous’. Though I disagree most profoundly with the act of devouring sheep, handing over certain portions of the flock to be devoured will allow for mutual flourishing. Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall inherit the kingdom of God.”(Matthew 7:30)

“And again Jesus said: Temptations to sin will come to all but what of those through whom they come? I tell you the truth, it would be better for those who lead my little ones into sin to be given appointments in the church where they too might flourish rather than allowing the millstone of fear overtake you and drown you in the zero sum sea of a closed system.”(Mark 9:51)

“O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? You allow fear to reign in your members? Is the Gospel is a zero sum game? I preach Christ crucified and you are afraid to be circumcised? Why not let yourself be cut off for the sake of your brother? Why not be circumcised? If anyone comes to you with another gospel, though we disagree most profoundly, give them appointments to oversee some of your people so they too may flourish.”(Gal 3:30)

Lest we think the Archbishop’s gospel has no biblical support.

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