Signs of the times...
Why do the nations so furiously rage together?
Why do the nations imagine a vane thing?
When the Son of Man returns...will he find faith on the earth?
What if all the Christians of the world would agree to follow the teachings of Jesus? What would happen if we would love our enemies? Some will say that is just too radical a reading of Scriptures. We have baptized Christianity in the waters of secular politics and the interests of power--at least that is how my Anabaptist tradition would teach me to tell the narrative of history as I read Scripture (Constantinian compromise).
Some would say the questions of peace and justice are just peripheral issues to the gospel. Some read a version of the Bible that diminishes the imperative nature of following Jesus in the way of peace. Just not practical in the real world. Is that the world over which Jesus rules? The world which was created in and through him?
In our day of fragmented, consumer-driven, individualized Christianity it would not surprise me a bit if we have two new versions of the Bible from Zondervan. We have the Bible for Teens, the Bible for the Spirit-filled believer and many others...Perhaps we shall see the Bible for Hawks, The Bible for Doves, The Bible for _______ you fill in the blank.
I will be fine. I just have to rant a little. I just don't want to be a part of a Christianity that makes the Gospel all about me...as McLaren says--"getting my butt into heaven"