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Who Is Responsible for the Condition of the World?

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The Christian family will be committed to intentionally practicing hospitality in practical ways. “Make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal dwellings. . . Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality . . . Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers . . . A stingy man hastens after wealth and does not know that poverty will come upon him.”

Dallas Willard writes that “the responsibility for the condition of the world in the years or centuries to come rests upon the leaders and teachers of the Christian church. They alone have at their disposal the means to bring the world effectively under the rule of God” (The Spirit of the Disciplines). Yet I do not think we generally believe this. We do not see the church as the primary force in history for human flourishing and the bringing about of God’s ultimate purposes for humankind. We may think that the government or our educational institutions or some learned, technocratic elite are the real drivers of our human condition, for better or worse. But the church? Can’t be. We don’t have that kind of power and ability, do we? Yet as the historian, Christopher Dawson, remarks in his book, Dynamics of World History, “the inner significance of history was to be found in the apparently insignificant development of the people of God” (italics mine). It is the people of God who will be used of God to bring about the salvation of the nations through the gospel of Christ. If we begin to grasp this, what would it mean for the kind of Christian communities and culture we intend to create? How might we seek to educate our children? What would be the focus of our ministries?

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Written by Michael Duenes

February 17, 2015 at 8:23 pm

Posted in Duenes, Money

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