Why this there a theology for the sinner, the perpetrator, in our churches, but not a theology for the victims, the sinned against?

 

We live in a time of great divisions caused by wounds left untreated in our nation and our people. The rift does not seem to mend and political solutions leave us wanting. At the same time, many churches do not leave us with many answers beyond spiritual self-help or offerings of salvation for sinners, but nothing for the sinned against, those wounded by the sinners. Where can we find real healing that touches the deepest parts of our being? There are answers, but these answers are found in the place of the wounded, the place where we find Jesus of the East.

I am seeking to present a news that is truly good, a news about liberation of the captives and sight to the blind. This news is one not about salvation from a wrath filled God, but healing from a God of the wounded and oppressed. I seek to share my story and show how it might intersect yours. My hope is that on this journey of connection we find a creative juncture where life will spring forth from the pain and you might find a life of flourishing.

 
 
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About Phuc Luu

Born in Vietnam and raised in Houston, Texas, Phuc Luu is creating a place in his work where art, philosophy, and theology intersect.

 
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Synopsis of Jesus of the East

Much of Western Christianity has greatly toned down the narrative the of Jesus who was a Palestinian Jewish healer and liberator, who was a servant to the sick and oppressed. This oversight was due to the theological debates that were fought and won by religious leaders who were politically powerful and rhetorically savvy. The result is our contemporary “Western” version of Jesus who served to satisfy the anger of a punitive God, a great law enforcer. As a contemporary theologian and philosopher, I want to offer a viable counter-narrative, one that refocuses Jesus as the healer of the “sinned against,” the ones broken by the powerful seeking absolution for their misdeeds. Pulling from both the tradition of the Early Eastern Church and the present work of the theologians of the oppressed, Jesus of the East serves as a guidebook to deconstruct the God-language of the West and creates a transformative vision of healing for the world.