Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Is there more?

From the Blessed Economist:
Narrow Obstacle
The modern world looks to the state for salvation. The state is expected to eliminate every problem (effect of sin). The government should do something about it is our catch cry.

Many Christians have more faith in the state than in God. We offer the world forgiveness for sin, but for salvation from the effects of sin, we point to the state.

Real Solution
Jesus death, resurrection and ascension accomplished perfect salvation. The Kingdom of God can deal with the consequences of sin better than the state. Deacons are the best solution to poverty. The gift of healing is the best solution to sickness. To see revival, we will need to offer a broad salvation that deals with all the consequences of sin, including poverty and sickness.

When I was in China, I felt that sometimes evangelism is such a hypocritical thing to, it do. We offer the solution to the problem of "sin." But by and large the church is silent to the issues of the consequences of sin. I really feel that by and large the church is essentially dropping the issue of the "gospel lived out." It means the deliverance and freedom for the captives, it means meeting the practical needs of others, it means that the church should be the first one there when something happens to one of its members, and it means that the presence of the church of Jesus Christ ought to mean "good news" to the surrounding area.

When's the last time the church of Jesus Christ meant good news for those in the community? Does me being a Christian mean "good news" to my friends who don't know the hope we have in Christ? More practically, how do I live my life and interact with those in a broken world without merely just speaking "Jesus loves you." Do my actions implicitly speak in such a way that people ask me what's up?

Live out loud. Preach the kingdom of God.

Though. I'm finding increasingly the message of the gospel that is preached in the United States doesn't include the cross of Christ at all. Any gospel that eliminates the need to die to yourself, to take up your cross, any cost of discipleship, is not the gospel at all.

It seems that the future of Christianity is at a crossroads.

I don't think its so much whether the message of Christ is relevant for our society today. I think its SO relevant. I think the question is whether Christians are going to start living like followers of The Way or the followers of The World.

4 comments:

  1. it's going to get tough from here on in.. no doubt.. .. .. i think in the end.. .. prayer and being rooted in the Word is going to keep the Church moving in the right direction... aka, being led by the Shepard.. ...
    scary to think that the prophesies in the Bible about the end times (about people falling away) are true.. and happening right before our eyes.. .. . .... we have to stay strong!!!!

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  2. my response to this is too long for a comment, but we've been talking about it anyway also.
    -audrey

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  3. my response to this is too long for a comment, but we've been talking about it anyway also.
    -audrey

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  4. it's going to get tough from here on in.. no doubt.. .. .. i think in the end.. .. prayer and being rooted in the Word is going to keep the Church moving in the right direction... aka, being led by the Shepard.. ...
    scary to think that the prophesies in the Bible about the end times (about people falling away) are true.. and happening right before our eyes.. .. . .... we have to stay strong!!!!

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