All Other Desires
As part of a doctoral program in Global Christianity, our cohort is picking over and engaging a litany of books at the numerous intersections of global leadership, which forms the theme for our final study residency (January 2015).
One such book, Michael Budde's The (Magic) Kingdom of God (Westview Press, 1997) examines how "churches must come to embrace their role as radical and counter-cultural alternative communities" by recovering faith-based passion in the face of "increasingly powerful, centralized corporate conglomerates."
Here are three quotations relative to passion from the book—
[Passion] points to the central narrative of Christian experience (the passion of Jesus) from which we derive our most potent insights into the life, mission, and message of the Anointed One. Indifference to the gospel, more than heresy, aberrant interpretations, or partisan politics, is the greatest danger to the church today.
...it seems fair to say that it was the specific, historical passions of Jesus—for the poor and exploited, for a way of being that affirms life and not death, and against wealth, power, and privilege—that led the powers that be to set in motion is passion/execution.
Christian passion is not a fanatical close-mindedness; it does not coerce consciences and behaviors. Rather than seek power in the worldly sense of domination, strength, and lethal means, it inspires people to live a radical reversal in which service is privileged over being served and "success" is measured in ways often considered bizarre by outside judges.