Friday, February 17, 2006

Wallis on Mission's false dichotomy...

Here's what Jim Wallis says on the false dichotomy of mission that we have become so comfortable with...

Those who would limit Jesus to the saving of souls and those who see him merely as introducing new ethical principles are both wrong. The purpose of God in Christ is neither simply to redeem individuals nor merely to teach the world some new thoughts. Gods purpose in Christ is to establish a new community that points to the plan of God for the world...the living witness of the Chritian community is intended both to demonstrate and to anticipate the future of the world that has arrived in the person of Jesus Christ. (Wallis)

I wonder how well the church has done in pointing to the plan of God? Perhaps it is time to identify that the way church largely encounters society amounts really to a diversion to God's plan rather than pointing to it.

1 comment:

Nuno Barreto said...

So true and so sad.