This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t find your “backyard mission” and serve with compassion and we should be politically involved.   Dr. Michael Horton in The Gospel-Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World reminds us of the mindset that it is enough for the Church to just meet physical needs or just be involved in the political process.

…the Great Commission is not the Great Cultural Mandate, and the kingdom of Christ cannot be identified with any of the kingdoms of this age.  The troubles of the secular city, in which the church shares and to which it sometimes contributes, are important matters to be addressed by believer and unbeliever alike, but they are symptoms of a more serious crisis: the reign of death and hell.  If we could resolve our top ten crisis in the world today, we would still have the devil on our back, sin mastering our heart, and everlasting death as the penalty for our mutiny.

As a minister, I am called regularly by God to make a political speech.  A deeply partisan political speech.  However, it is not to rally the troops in defense of Christendom against the infidels of various sorts.  It divides not between Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives, but between Christ and Antichrist.  As heralds and ambassadors of the age to come, we are given the commission to go into all the world with the announcement that Jesus Christ is Lord and King, the only Sovereign who holds the keys of death and hell; who opens and no one can shut, who shuts and no one can open.  It is he alone who will rid the world of evil by his wisdom and might, subduing chaos and leading his own into the place that even now he is preparing for them, (pg. 164).

We are called to something far greater that has eternal implications.

9 comments
  1. The apostles had this request of Paul and Barnabas:

    “All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do.” – Gal 2:10

    Sometimes we have to show people how much we care to earn the right to share what we know. Paul’s ministry seemed to be marked by relationships and working together with other leaders. Why would we do anything less?
    .-= Kansas Bob´s last blog ..Love Happens =-.

  2. Great post! As a Christian I find myself like a swing. Sometimes I swing to the eternal and sometimes I swing to the temporal. I’m called to be steadfastly pointing to the age to come where all the pain of this age will be done away with. The way that I am called to do that is Gospel-saturated ministry that bears burdens while pointing to the Chief Burden-bearer.

    The passion in the writing of Dr. Horton sets a fire in my heart to be the ambassador Jesus has called me to be.
    .-= Matt Taylor´s last blog ..Fighter Verse Friday: Matthew 5:25-26 =-.

  3. Isn’t loving our neighbor another way to preach the gospel? My issue with Evangelicalism is how many seem to think the Great Commission is different than the Great Commandment. Maybe I was reading too much into it here though 🙂
    .-= Kansas Bob´s last blog ..Love Happens =-.

    1. @Kansas Bob, No, but it something we are commanded to do. Loving my neighbor isn’t making a disciple out of them. It isn’t teaching them. It isn’t baptizing them. The Gospel isn’t our love for people, but the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. How are people to understand that unless they are told?

      Now I’ll agree with you that loving people opens up doors to sharing. Throughout the New Testament, in particular with Paul, he talks about “the Gospel which you have heard.” What Horton is saying is that unbelievers can love, only the Church can proclaim the gospel. Somebody can be loved, never hear the Gospel, and still be hellbound.

      Again, he’s not saying (and neither am I) that we shouldn’t love and serve, we should because we are commanded to and it is part of our offering ourselves as a living sacrifice, (Romans 12:1). Somebody coming to Christ ultimately has nothing to do with our love (or even our words), but by the Holy Spirit on the basis of Christ’s saving work on the cross.

      1. @Shane Vander Hart – I understand where you are coming from Shane and believe what you have written. I just think it to be very naive to think that “somebody coming to Christ ultimately has nothing to do with our love” – I came to Christ because someone loved me enough to speak the truth in love to me. If we do not love.. if we are not compelled by the love of Christ.. than our preaching is just a noisy gong annoying those hellbound folks.
        .-= Kansas Bob´s last blog ..Love Happens =-.

      2. @Kansas Bob, You’re not hearing me Bob. I didn’t say (and Horton didn’t either) don’t love, but if all we do is love and not preach the Gospel you won’t hear. I would never recommend not loving people when we share Christ, but if all we do is love and never share about the death, burial and resurrection we rob them of the greatest news we could ever possibly share.

        Love doesn’t save, Jesus does. The Gospel is “power of God for salvation for those who believe,” (Romans 1:16).

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