Monday, February 16, 2009

Simply Christian, Part 2

In Part 1, we talked about the echo of a voice that speaks of our desire for justice. What does this whisper mean? Wright gives three possibilities (p. 9):
  1. "We can say, if we like, that it is indeed only a dream, a projection of childish fantasies, and that we have to get used to living in the world the way it is."
  2. "Or we can say, if we like, that the dream is of a different world altogether, a world where we really belong, where everything is put to rights... but a world which has little purchase on the present world..."
  3. "Or we can say, if we like, that the reason we have these dreams... is that there is someone speaking to us... someone who cares very much about this present world and our present selves, and who has made us and the world for a purpose which will indeed involve justice, things being put to rights, ourselves being put to rights, the world being rescued at last."
Which interpretation do you currently believe? Why?

This beginning chapter has one more quote that stands out to me:
It is important to see, and to say, that those who follow Jesus are committed, as he taught us to pray, to God's will being done 'on earth as it is in heaven.' And that means that God's passion for justice must become ours, too. (p. 13)
Our Father in heaven, use me to work for justice that your will may be done on earth as it is in heaven. Make me who you want me to be. Show me who you have created me to be, and how I can build the kingdom of justice in my unique way.

[part 1 | part 2 | part 3 | part 4]

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