Can the Church Fix the World?
The prayer goes "... Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." And Jesus' first sermon was, "Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand!" The implications seem to be that the world was on the brink of a breakthrough. Over the centuries, the church has taken the view that God left it up to us to right the wrongs and the injustices of the world.
And yet it was Jesus himself who said, "The poor you will always have with you," suggesting that the plight of poverty was an unfixable problem in a fallen world. And his command "You shall love your enemies" suggests that no matter how hard we try, we are going to have enemies.
Not hopeful words, especially since we've been taught that in Christ, all things are possible ... even world peace.
But perhaps that's the point. All things are possible, in Christ. But not all things are in Christ, and if Jesus and the scriptures are to be believed, all things will never be in Christ ... not in this iteration of the world. Until the fallen world and its fallen people are redeemed, we have an unfortunate reality to face.
Which doesn't mean we're to do nothing. Far from it. But just what should we expect?
That's the Conversation we'll be having this week.
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