Saturday, December 20, 2014

Salt, Light and Cities on Hills

 Evangelism and social responsibility; what is our responsibility as a church today?    Evangelism and social action are to be coordinated, as it is modeled in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew.     When we look back in the church history who looked after the widows and the orphans?   It was the church, not social programs like today.
When we accept Christ, we are received into the kingdom of God and must not just pursue to display our faith, not just by spreading the word, but by action also.     In James 2:18-26 “Faith without works is dead” Matt.  25:35-40 “Truly I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it for me”.
So, the question is how?  We can give directly through our actions, or we can support programs like the one the author mentions, OXFAM, but I think that we should as Christians, support Christian based charities such as: Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago.  We can so things like this for just pennies a day.
Mr. Tinker has written a book, that is teaching us about our social responsibility as a Christian.  He asks us to explore the thought, is it possible to co-ordinate evangelism and social action in such a way that it reflects faithfully the pattern of the New Testament; enabling each to reinforce the other while avoiding the extremes of exclusive gospel proclamation on the one hand and the collapsing of evangelism into social action on the other?
 This book is written for the church leader, and covers issues with Biblical texts.  He has done a thorough research, and even gives some personal background in the book.
All in all it is a good book, but I found it was all information and no illustration, or ways to apply the information.

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