Another post to keep us engaged and thinking about the 5 marks of mission. This one regarding mark 4: transforming unjust systems.
Christians know little about biblical justice, despite its prominence in the Scriptures. This ignorance is having two effects. First, large swaths of the church still do not see ‘doing justice’ as part of their calling as individual believers. Second, many younger Christians, recognizing this failure of the church and wanting to rectify things, are taking up one or another of the secular approaches to justice, which introduces distortions into their practice and lives." - Tim Keller, Pastor/Professor
In a recent article, theologian, pastor, and author Tim Keller, gives a biblical critique of secular justice. (Heads-up, It is long and thorough, but given the relevance to our current social and political climate, certainly worth a read). Here's the link
Our recent sermon series looked at the 5 marks of mission: Tell, Teach, Tend, Transform and Treasure. To keep these marks before us as a parish, I hope to keep the conversation going through this blog site, drawing on a range of interesting articles and podcasts. Here is one to get us going:
I used to think that the top environmental problems were biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse, and climate change. I thought that thirty years of good science could address these problems. I was wrong. The top environmental problems are selfishness, greed, and apathy, and to deal with these we need a cultural and spiritual transformation. And we scientists don’t know how to do that”
- Gus Speth, Environmental lawyer.
Have a listen to this fantastic podcast featuring Sandra Richter, author of the book Stewards of Eden. She gives a great summary of what scripture has to say about this mark of mission, and why the Church has the tools to be part of the transformation.
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