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Nothing new under the sun

Nothing new under the sun

By on Apr 21, 2014 in Blog |

It can’t have escaped your notice – and if it has, where’ve you been? – that we’re living in a post-modern age. You don’t have to understand the term, spend any time analysing the philosophical idea or even care, but you’ll recognise the characteristics of the culture. Individualism, consumerism, relativism, pragmatism, spiritual subjectivism, nowism – ‘we want it all and we want it now’ –are features (or should that be symptoms?) of a PO-MO culture (that’s post-modern to you and me!) We engage with them on a daily basis. No, more than that, we’re immersed in them and generally subjected to them from all directions 24/7. As much as we’d like to be unaffected by their influence we pretty much can’t help it; we’re a product of post-modernity and being the passionate, theological and missionally-minded Christ-followers we are this is a problem. How do we share the good news of the necessary and saving work of Jesus Christ in a culture that has no need of a saviour? How do we talk about forgiveness and atonement with a culture that scorns absolutes? And how do we talk about justification and sanctification in a culture that no longer has a vocabulary for it…? I read that the Evangelical Alliance has begun an initiative asking how we should contextualise the message of the gospel for the 21st century, exploring what it should sound like and how we can communicate it to different sectors of society. How do we bring the whole gospel to the whole world? Exactly what our question should be: “How do we frame and phrase the gospel to be all things to all people?” We know the gospel is true and true for all people. The challenge is making it relevant to everyone without changing its central message or compromising the character of God. An unbalanced emphasis on ‘God is love’ leads to universalism; inclusiveness without righteousness leads to the redefinition of marriage… As real as it may seem – ‘I feel it so it must be true!’ – it’s misguided to think it’s harder than ever to win the lost. Many even say it’s easier in an age of spiritual seeking and acceptance of any and every...

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