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The problem in postmodern society from a Christian perspective…

February 11, 2008

poster444743951.jpgG.K Chesterton once entered a public debate on the state of the nation by writing a letter to The Times.  In response to the question of what was wrong with the world he wrote this:

                                         Dear Sir, I am.

A prayer for the Church… 


Help us in our weakness and inadequacy to understand the ways in which we  can relate Your story to our communities in sensitive speaking, compassionate thinking and helpful action.  Give us open hearts to ponder how we might help those around us understand who You are and the love You have for them.  Lead us beyond angry preaching and exclusive gatherings into a demonstration of Your kingdom that is inclusive, loving and welcoming.  Help us to stand up for the excluded, the forgotten and the poor.  Let us be people of welcome and embrace.


7 Comments leave one →
  1. February 11, 2008 7:45 pm

    I’m reading Brian McLaren’s book, “More ready than you realize: Evangelism as Dance in the Postmodern Matrix” right now.

    I thought of this quote when I read Chesterton’s prayer:

    “. . . many postmodern people are really seeking God and open to God, but they stumble at the modern ‘version’ of God that is presented to them by too many Christians and churches:

    – an uptight God who is about black-and-white easy answers and brittle, rigid logic and law, rather than about profound and many-faceted truth, self-sacrificing love, compassionate justice and profound relationships

    – a conceptual God who is encountered through systems of abstractions, propositions, and terminology rather than though an amazing story, intense poetry, beauty, experience, experiment, and community

    – a controlling God who is cold, analytical, and mechanistic rather than a master artist and lover who is passionate about good and evil, justice and injustice, beauty and desecration, hope and cynicism

    – an exclusive God who favors insiders and is biased against outsiders rather than a God of scandalous inclusion, amazing mercy, and shocking acceptance, who blesses ‘insiders’ so they can extend the blessing to ‘outsiders,’ this making everyone an insider

    – a tense God who prefers people to become judgmental, arrogant, and closed-minded rather than compassionate, humble, and teachable.”
    (pg. 63-64)

  2. pistolpete permalink
    February 11, 2008 8:52 pm

    Marvelous prayer. I’m going to use it Sunday.

  3. just an apprentice permalink
    February 11, 2008 9:05 pm

    Thanks for the quote from McLaren. I always find his words to be thoughtful and full of wisdom.

    Have you read Everything Must Change…?

  4. just an apprentice permalink
    February 11, 2008 9:07 pm

    Great! The prayer is from a book I’m reading by Malcolm Duncan, Kingdom Come: The local church as a catalyst for social change.

    May the peace of Christ be with you and your community this Sunday as you gather for worship.

  5. February 12, 2008 9:55 am

    No, I haven’t read “Everything Must Change” yet.

    McLaren does have a way with words. I’m challenged in his description of God as

    “. . . a God of scandalous inclusion, amazing mercy, and shocking acceptance . . . “

  6. Daniel permalink
    April 20, 2008 11:52 pm

    I have read some the post and the exceptance of Mclaren’s books. I would also agree that he has a way with his writing, but their is a danger to the possible dismissal of scripture that he allows for. It is dangerous to make god in own image when the Bible clearly states a description of who God is, not completely, but we can no go against what it does say. I think in some intances Mclaren does this.

  7. April 21, 2008 8:48 am

    Hey Daniel,

    You make some strong allegations here about McLaren. Can you cite any specific examples of what you are saying? When/where does McLaren dismiss scripture? In what instances does he make God in his own image?


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