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Paul: Undistracted by the world’s evil

December 8, 2011

Paul: Undistracted by the world’s evil.

“I was struck most of all by Paul’s unwillingness to battle his culture. Defeating Rome was no priority of his. He urged his people to live like Christians in the midst of whatever situation they were in. This make the application of his ethical principles somewhat flexible. I wonder what Paul’s attitude has to say about Western Christianity’s desire to battle our evil culture. Or, where does this leave Liberation theology?”

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The lucid scholarship of the quoted paragraph is remarkable. It summarizes one of the great Christian issues of our time. Each sentence is a gem. I will comment on each below.

I was struck most of all by Paul’s unwillingness to battle his culture.

The enemy is spiritual wickedness in high places. Christians are called and equipped for this fight. And are destined to win.

Defeating Rome was no priority of his.

Even though the emperor was a type and forerunner of the man of sin. Rome was also the inheritor of world authority seen by Daniel.

He urged his people to live like Christians in the midst of whatever situation they were in.

It is a matter of trust. And of boasting in tribulation.

This make the application of his ethical principles somewhat flexible.

The logic of letters and literature is too small minded for those with the mind of Christ. The flexibility is managed if one is in the light, guided by the spirit of that life which is in Christ Jesus.

I wonder what Paul’s attitude has to say about Western Christianity’s desire to battle our evil culture.

The tares are addicted to improving the culture. The elect are to walk without directly removing them.

Or, where does this leave Liberation theology?

Good question. Where it has always been? In left field? Somewhere?

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One Comment
  1. Foggy mindyness got in the way of Pauls clear answer to the questions.

    (Gal 6:14-16 NKJ) But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation. 16 And as many as [are guided by (bbe)] this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.

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