What is this about? Some quotations, reflections, and perhaps discussions regarding what it means to live as a Christian in a non-Christian world. Much discussion swirls around the terms “post-modern” or “post-Christian.” Do they help us grasp what God is doing in and through us, the Church? If so, how? As people encounter the Church, what do they see? What God intends? What humans devise? These are some of the questions I want to explore.
Some of the quotes will come from church history to help me focus and understand better God’s work throughout history. And perhaps that will give me a perspective on the “now” of faith as well as the certain hope of life, life eternal.
From Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (pp. 17-18):
It is not simply to be taken for granted that the Christian has the privilege of living among other Christians. Jesus Christ lived in the midst of his enemies. At the end all his disciples deserted him. On the Cross he was utterly alone, surrounded by evildoers and mockers. For this cause he had come, to bring peace to the enemies of God. So the Christian, too, belongs not in the seclusion of a cloistered life but in the thick of foes. There is his commission, his work. “The Kingdom is to be in the midst of your enemies. And he who will not suffer this does not want to be of the Kingdom of Christ; he wants to be among friends, to sit among roses and lilies, not with the bad people but the devout people. O you blasphemers and betrayers of Christ! If Christ had done what you are doing who would ever have been spared?” (Luther)