Thursday, June 09, 2005

Evangelism Gone Entrepreneurial... a disappointing read!

Looking to flex my muscles of cynicism, with a glint in my eye, licking my lips I started to read "Evangelism Gone Entrepreneurial"

"Rick Warren believes evangelism means devotion to both social issues and God..." yeah right!

I rail road through the interview. His outlined justice concerns
- global poverty.... Illiteracy ...spiritual emptiness.... self-centered leadership - however draws a question that catches my eye...
Q: That's beginning to sound like the "social gospel" ...

A:
Protestants have been split into two groups. The mainline churches have tended to take the more liberal social values and say that we're going to care about justice, equality, racial issues, and poverty. And the evangelicals focused on personal salvation, that you need Jesus as your Savior. So each took half the truth. I think we need both. So I believe the new Reformation in the 21st century is to talk about both those values.
My cynicism de-railed I read on desperate to find a clue of using social involvement as a hidden agenda;
desperate to find strings attached to grace; surely a sign of inauthenticism; cheap graceless evangelism; tainted motives...

Nothing.

Maybe I just need to feel encouraged... the 'new reformation', a closing of the false dichotomy of mission - I could go for that!

1 comment:

James Fletcher Baxter said...

[The missing element in every human 'solution' is an accurate definition of the creature.]

The HUMAN PARADIGM

Consider:
The way we define 'human' determines our view of self,
others, relationships, institutions, life, and future.
Important? Only the Creator who made us in His own image
is qualified to define us accurately. Choose wisely...
there are results.

Human is earth's Choicemaker. Psalm 25:12 He is by nature
and nature's God a creature of Choice - and of Criteria.
Psalm 119:30,173 His unique and definitive characteristic
is, and of Right ought to be, the natural foundation of his
environments, institutions, and respectful relations to his
fellow-man. Thus, he is oriented to a Freedom whose roots
are in the Order of the universe.

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