Sunday, May 20, 2007
Christianity Without Salvation
To kick off The World's Ruined blog here is a link to an article that was recently in the Wall Street Journal by Joseph Loconte. Some thoughts of mine: traditional Christianity... the faith once delivered... seems to have gotten lost to a large extent in the mix of all the many economic and social agendas claiming legitimacy in the name of Christ. Various voices in the Christian Church readily add their endorsements to and, in some cases, lead these causes. But are these attempts to be more relevant and responsive to the surrounding cultural mindset and needs of the day merely evidence that the Church is wandering from the path to which Christ calls his followers. Is this a new challenge? Or has this been a recurring battle these past two thousand years as the Church, like Christ, is to be in the world but not of it? To be conformed to the image of His Son and not to this world.
A related article by the same author, expanding on the topic is aptly entitled "They All Want Him."
Neither of these articles are meant to fully address these questions. But they have led to some interesting discussions on the state and mission of the Church in today's world.
"...Even today, nearly everyone wants Jesus on his side of an argument. But the babe in the manger, the man worshipped as Deity by millions, goes his own way — and bids that we follow."