Being responsible for the future

Dallas Willard had bold thinking that would constantly challenge me.

The words of Jesus are real. They are meant to be followed, not just repeated.

Because Jesus is the smartest man in the room, and has shown what is Kingdom and power, there is an expectation that we can follow in the same way. For Dallas, it is being bold enough to say that we, as Christian leaders, have the power to change the world.

Because the resources of God’s kingdom are available to them, the responsibility for the condition of the world in years or centuries to come rests upon Christian leaders and the teachers in the Christian church. They alone have at their disposal the means to bring their surroundings increasingly under the rule of God.

How we need to grasp those words. More, how we need the Spirit to breathe those words into us. We are not doing well at all with this concept. Yet… that is the invitation of the Kingdom of God.
Renewing the Christian Mind: Essays, Interviews, and Talks

5 thoughts on “Being responsible for the future

  1. I so much would like to dialogue with someone about this very topic. For instance, 1. how much power to change the world does Christ share and how much does he reserve for His reign? 2. How does the freedom of man limit our power to change the world? 3. Can Christians simultaneously engage in state affairs and in the Kingdom of God if they have conflicting value systems? 4. Is the American value system irreconcilably at odds with the Kingdom of God?

    1. It’s a great question. Dallas Willard helps stretch my thinking on all this. N.T. Wright is another. “Surprised by Hope” and “After You Believe” by Wright really engage this topic. As does Miroslav Volf in some of his work about faith in the public square.

  2. Thanks Dan. What kind of practical grass roots type engagements is the local church overlooking? I wonder if we are too intimidated by the conditions of our communities to interrupt the status quo. In some cases we may not really know where to start.

    1. The grassroots engagement we have as a small church is with the local community. The school district is a great place to build relationships and see Kingdom flourishing happening. We don’t always see eye to eye on some things, but there are things we can bring in service to touch lives and make a difference. I’ve also found working with local politicians in common goals (community policing, for example) brings faith into the conversation. We’ve reached a point where it is quite natural. The schools don’t worry about calling me “Pastor Dan” and the city actively promotes things our church is doing. They do so because they know I want what brings THEM good things and not just “using” them to save souls.

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