Tuesday, August 06, 2013

The Disparity Between Two Kingdoms (Our's and God's)

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Reading some more of Richard Stearns's Unfinished today.

I thought Stearns's presentation of "worldview" (everyone has one) and "truth" (there's no such thing as "relative truth") were clear and logically accurate. I see now that he's giving us that philosophical stuff to engage us in the worldview of Jesus. To see the world and people and purpose as Jesus saw and still sees them.

P. 45. And I am heart-and-mind engaged as Stearns writes...

"How can we hold in one hand the truth that Jesus loves the poor, the widow, and the orphan yet hold in our other hand the tickets to our upcoming Disney vacation? Disparity makes us uncomfortable, especially when we know we could do something about it. So what does our faith mean in the face of this kind of disparity? Again, if we are to build our lives on the foundation of God’s truth, we must learn to see the world as he sees it. Should we not weep for what he weeps for and treasure what he treasures? Should we not “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness” (Matt. 6: 33) rather than kingdoms of our own making?" (P. 45)

Then Stearns quotes C.S. Lewis and Jesus, respectively:

"Prosperity knits a man to the World. He feels that he is “finding his place in it,” while really it is finding its place in him." — C. S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

"Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions." (Jesus, in Luke 12: 15)

If you're interested in the Real Jesus Stearns's book is a good place to go after reading for yourself the 4 gospels.