I have always been fascinated by theology – seeking a deeper understanding of God through what He has revealed in the Bible and in the person of Jesus Christ. Not just as an academic discipline – although I enjoy that – but as a transforming influence on how I live.
As a church minister I have the privilege of sharing these ideas with others and growing together in our understanding of what it means to live as God’s people.
But we also live in a world which subscribes to, and teaches, very different standards and principles from those which God desires and often it is easy to be influenced by, and conform to, those standards instead of being influences for good and for God. We can cease to be the salt and light which Jesus calls his followers to be (Matthew 5:13-16) and become moulded into this world’s pattern (something which Paul warns against in Romans 12:2).
But God is continuing to work in the world and to transform it which means that God’s reign and the ideologies of the world are continually bumping into each other which raises some fascinating (well, at least I find them fascinating!) and challenging questions .
- What happens when God’s kingdom and the “kingdoms” and ideas of this world meet?
- How is our understanding of God influenced by our experiences?
- How can our understanding of God affect how we live in society?
It is these questions – among probably many others – that I want to explore on this blog.
It won’t always be like this. The Bible speaks about a time when God’s reign will be fully established (Revelation 11:15) but, until that happens, Christians are called to live as citizens with dual-nationality (of this world and of God’s kingdom) and as ambassadors of that kingdom.
Borrowing the title of a book by Francis Schaeffer – “How should we then live?”