"But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons." -Galatians 4:4-5

Trying to understand life rightly through a Covenant lens.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Christian Mission

This was an assignment for one of my classes. I needed to write a forum post on this question: "Is there a legitimate hope biblically of making America Christian? Should that be the church's/Christian’s goal?" in response to a couple of articles I had to read. Here's my answer and glean what you can from it.

We should not be looking to make America a Christian nation. It’s not biblical. You can make the argument of going into all nations proclaiming the Gospel, but it doesn’t say anything about going into the places of law and political places to convert them. Christianity deals with people. We need to keep that the real thing. The moment we try to take the whole media and whole movie industry, we need to re-think our motives. I’m perfectly ok with using media and movies to reach out to people for Christ. A great example is the movie To Save a Life. I’m all for trying to redeem a part of the media so we can get the message of Christ out there too. Our aim, however, isn’t to conquer the entire industry.

In the “Disowning Conservative…” article, the preacher makes a good point. “When the church wins the culture wars, it inevitably loses. When it conquers the world, it becomes the world. When you put your trust in the sword, you lose the cross.” Our focus needs to be on the people. Relationships relationships relationships. That’s our focus and motive as Christ followers. We strive to make those lasting relationships because that’s how we thrive. When we’re in community with others and loving on each other with the love God first showed us. Family to family. Friend to friend. Husband to wife.

The “Look Who’s Happily Unmarried!” article puts statistics to it. People long to be in relationship but our fallen condition has blinded us from seeing the beauty and benefits of marriage. Marriage is a blessing that God has given us to enjoy and struggle through with one other person on this Earth. He might even bless you with children because what greater joy is there than raising up another human being to see and live out the love that God gives us daily? Yet people are simply settling for what they think is best by saving their own health benefits and keeping commitment to a minimum so that way once things get dicey, boom, they’re gone and off to another person to who will settle for less too. This is so sad to see and it needs to start in families reaching out to those who may be going through something tough or some young couples who may not even know what they’re doing is wrong. From there, the Gospel can be communicated first through the way they live, then eventually as the relationship grows, communicated verbally.

Families are a huge passion of mine and I’ve observed that that is where the world’s problems are coming from. It’s a huge, sweeping statement but let me unpack it a little bit. Would most of the juveniles causing trouble in gangs be in gangs if they had a father who showed interest in them? How about a mom that loved on them by providing food at night? I know there are different instances I’ve heard where a kid has the best family that provides but still ends up in trouble, but he probably got pulled down into trouble by someone else who didn’t have a great upbringing. If a family isn’t giving a kid what is good for his soul, he’s going to try it somewhere else, and these days it’s not always in a good place that he finds it.

To wrap up, the article “For the Health of the Nation” goes into what needs to be done as a Christian as far as standing up for our morals. Not only what we believe, but also how we should be active in being involved in our world. As Christians, we aren’t called to sit back and referee what is right and what is wrong. Jesus calls us to go in Matthew 28. It requires a movement on our part and to get off the couch. From there, we make disciples in Jesus name baptizing them in the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. That’s where the church needs to operate from and that’s the central mission. Not simply to redeem an entire nation, but to reach people where they are in their hurt and healing, and show them hope in Christ.

-a wretch made right

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