Friday, April 27, 2007

Mission in a Capitalistic Society

If what it means to be the people of God is not merely about converting or even discipling people, but rather means being a communal change agent in the world - exposing darkness by being light - then we cannot use those cultural forces (such as consumerism and capitalism) which rub against what it mens to be a gospel people as tools for our labor. Instead, placing our faith in the “foolishness of God” and His ways, we must seek to live as a contrast society toward, as David Fitch said, “a reordering of reality.”

Read the post and enter the discussion at MereMission.

And read the post that inspired the comment quoted above here.

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  • If Christians are to resist the cultural forces of consumerism and capitalism, then it (in my mind) involves not just passively resisting it, but actively doing so. This suggests to me that building the Kingdom of God means actively seeking to build a just economic system

    By Blogger Mystical Seeker, at 9:10 AM  

  • Mystical Seeker posted this quote on her blog, from Crossan's God & Empire. I thought it was worth sharing.

    My proposal is that justice and love are a dialectic--like two sides of a coin that can be distinguished but not separated. We think of ourselves as composed of a body and soul, or flesh and spirit. When they are separated, we have a physical corpse. Similarly with distributive justice and communal love. Justice is the body of love, love the soul of justice. Justice is the flesh of love, love is the spirit of justice. When they are separated, we have a moral corpse. Justice without love is brutality. Love without justice is banality.

    By Blogger Christian, at 9:22 AM  

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