|Teaching at the Green Lake Christian Conference Center|
The honor/shame hierarchy is the realm of all competition, comparison, jealousy, slander, flattery, pride, and shame. The heart of the kingdom of darkness is the honor/shame hierarchy.
In the kingdom of God honor/shame hierarchies do not exist. We see a revelation of this in the song Mary sings recorded in Luke chapter one. God, in his greatness and mercy,
The tearing down of the honor'shame hierarchy is magnificent and breathtaking. Now, life is different. Eugene Peterson writes, "There are no higher levels in the life of Christ - only following him." (In Peterson and Dawn, The Unnecessary Pastor, 1%)
Just following Jesus, without competing. Cheering and championing one another along, with everyone wearing the victory crown.
In my new book I share how a praying life lifts us off the prevailing honor/shame hierarchy - Praying: Reflections on 40 Years of Solitary Conversations with God.