Christians cannot escape the responsibility for exercising sound judgment in every area of life. God intends to bring His shalom to the world through our judgments, so we need to make sure our judgments are in line with His.
In the Christian community, sometimes we give the impression that only the people with big responsibilities matter. They’re the ones that get things done, the ones everyone listens to and wants to learn from, the folks we look to for leadership in our churches and Christian organizations. We need leaders, and sometimes leaders play really important roles in the Kingdom. But more than that, we need energetic, everyday believers, men and women who understand that Kingdom progress is incremental and gradual, that it comes as we lay hold on the little things of life and make them something glorious.
Here are two subjects that, at first glance, seem to have nothing to do with one another. Closer consideration, however, reveals that they are inextricably linked. Worship is about God – honoring Him, committing to Him, and serving Him in all aspects of life. Public policy is about life and the rules by which people live. God is Ruler of all things, and thus public policy is only valid to the extent that it lines up with God’s good and perfect rule.
Sin is the great tragedy afflicting the world. Its effects are universal, corrupting, and deadly. Sin is a slippery slope which, left unchecked, can bring ruin and destruction everywhere it reaches. This is no time for being silent about sin, either in our own lives or our churches.
If we do not know God, we cannot know goodness.
- God Is Good: The Goodness of God, Part 1
- The Goodness of Jesus: The Goodness of God, Part 5
- The Law Is Good: The Goodness of God, Part 4
- Culture and Goodness: The Goodness of God, Part 3
- Creation Is Good: The Goodness of God, Part 2
- The Spirit Is Good: The Goodness of God, Part 6
- The Goodness of Heaven: The Goodness of God, Part 7
- The Goodness of God's People: The Goodness of God, Part 8
- Waiting for God's Goodness: The Goodness of God, Part 9
From an under-the-sun perspective, the field of the world looks increasingly like a weed field. Everywhere, it seems, the good seed of the Kingdom is being choked out, and ugly tares of corruption, immorality, godlessness, and narcissism are flourishing. But when we look at the world from God’s perspective, under the heavens, a different scenario unfolds.