It’s about participating in something…

Imagine what it would be like in our churches, if there were no such division (between personal justification and social justice). If we were not invited to go forward as individuals to receive a packaged salvation from God that gets us off hell, but instead came forward to become part of something, what God is doing in the world through Jesus Christ – the reconciliation of all men and women with Himself, each other, and all of creation (2 Cor 5:19), which BTW inextricably must still include my own personal reconciliation/relationship with God.

-David Fitch, from the Article “Me, Myself, and Jesus

I like this quote (and the whole article) a lot, since it doesn’t just point out an issue (which is really easy to do, and happens too much)… But it also points us in a new direction and gives us an alternative. Good stuff, thanks David.

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2 thoughts on “It’s about participating in something…

  1. i think i agree. i think the most popular phrase is to “accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and savior”. in this phrase there are two concepts: 1) Jesus as Lord and 2) Jesus as savior. i think many gospel presentations emphasize the second point: Jesus is your savior. he paid the price for your sins, so you can be forgiven and reconciled to God. this is critical to emphasize, of course, and distinguishes Christianity from other “good works”-based religions.

    i think there is much less emphasis on the first point: Jesus as Lord. to me, this means that you submit your life to the Lordship of Jesus. you become a follower and disciple of Jesus. this is where social justice comes in… if we are going to be a Christian, we must care about what Jesus cares about, and follow Him in action, doing the good works prepared for us (Eph 2:10). there are many ways to say this, though Jesus probably said it best. “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.”

    if there was a proper emphasis on Jesus as Lord, not just as savior, i don’t know that there would be more true Christians around, but at least there would be fewer pretenders??

  2. Scott-

    if there was a proper emphasis on Jesus as Lord, not just as savior, i don’t know that there would be more true Christians around, but at least there would be fewer pretenders??

    Good point, thanks. And I think I agree.

    Also, I think what you said about the popular phrase, to “accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior” is exactly what this article was speaking about. By framing the gospel in this way, it boils it down to a merely personal, singular event that you “accept” and then that’s it. It says nothing about what you do from that point on.

    Jesus seemed to speak more about joining Him in something, and as the author of this article said above, to come “forward to become part of something”…

    After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news (gospel) of God. “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news (gospel)!” -Mark 1.14-15

    The gospel is not (only) about our personal soul’s salvation from sin and death… It’s about the good news that God’s Kingdom is HERE and NOW, and Jesus is asking us to believe that truth and to act on it.

    Jesus never said “accept Me as your personal Lord and Savior”… Jesus

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