Let’s summarise first:
Sin is disturbance of the peace that God originally intended for the world. It is when people don’t love one another as brothers and sisters. (1 John) It is also the systemic oppression of humanity.
Grace is a community of people who love and support one another, and protect each other from the oppression of the law or the system.
Law is the system put in place by the privileged, or the principalities and powers, to control, oppress and subjugate others, usually certain groups of people at different times in history.
Now let’s see what it means to be “under law” and “under grace” in the context of Romans 6:14.
Romans 6:14 (expanded version)For sin (disturbance of peace due to systemic oppression) shall not have dominion over you who are not under the law (the privileged system) but under grace (a community of people who love and support each other in the emancipatory struggle against the system).
Luke 4:18-19, NKJV“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”
Ephesians 1:18-21“the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,and what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:”
Why did I blog about reclaiming liberation theology? My answer is that it has to do with social justice and humanitarian issues in the world, such as police brutality against people of colour, particularly the black community in America (see video below), white supremacy, patriarchy, and all other forms of systemic violence and oppression.
If Jesus were living in the flesh today (and he is already manifested in each of us), I believe he would be as active and outspoken on these issues as well in fulfilling his purpose.