January 5, 2007
excellent analysis of Wrights perspective. However there is a critical element that I believe either you are not seeing or NT did not make completely clear. It is the social or communal element of the gospel. The "people of God" In America faith is understood in individualistic terms. Joining a church is akin to joining a sorority club or service group: Find one that matches your goals and then "join up". Faith is understood primarily through the individual's experience and acceptance of God. The Church is a very, very far cry in second place. That's why churches see continual decline in attendance, people in america believe they don't need a community to "access" God they can do it on their own. NT Wright points this out in other works. Until christians in America realize that the church is not a social club thats supposed to make you happy or feel certain "religious feeling"... there will be little change. <br>The "how" you refer to is supposed to be THROUGH the community of God acting AS the community of God in a fallen world. But alas redemption is private, faith is personal and as long as it is this way the church will be little more than a social club with a paid staff member.
Lord, may I be fully aware of where You have me now so that others may understand my desire for where You are taking me. <br><br>1 Peter 2:12<br>Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us
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