We give in thanks because God first gave us:
“For God so loved the world that he GAVE his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” (John 3:16) Jesus, Godself, was THE Gift. THE Gift reflects the very character of God. The gift of God’s presence in Jesus, a costly gift, makes life, love, forgiveness and giving possible for all others.
Being a Gift to others
As THE Gift, Jesus showed us how to be a gift to others. Jesus chose to walk with the “least of these,” be treated like an outcast, and suffer torture and death at the hands of the established powers and principalities for the sake of love. Christians are called to “turn the other cheek,” to “go the second mile,” to “give to everyone who begs from you,” and to “not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you.” Even more radically, Christians are even called to “love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us.” (Matt. 5.38ff)
Giving Against the Flow
THE Gift economy is not yet the world that dominates our lives. Competitive advantage and over-consumption rule. We are seduced into believing that the violent consumer world we live in is “just the way things are,” or “it may not be the best possible, but it is the best of the alternatives.” But is this really the best out there? What if ours is not to ask first the question “is this realistic,” but with all humility and creativity to follow the Radical Economics of THE Gift?
Turning the World Upside Down
Imagine a world where everything is backwards from what we usually expect – an “upside down world” where what you get is far less important than what you give, where what we owe each other is far less important than how we care for one other. Imagine living in a world where the gift is the dominant form of economics and forgiveness is the dominant form of politics. Imagine living in a world where the poor and the marginalized are blessed, where the weak become strong, where the last shall be first. This website is our attempt to suggest ways to live out the radical economics of THE Gift.