Christ and Culture Part 3

Written by Aleck Cartwright


5.Christ and Vocation Then Jesus said to them all: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. Asrepparttar second part of this series on Christ and culture, Christ and vocation should be understood asrepparttar 126997 domain where God is revealed to society in our day to day lives. To understandrepparttar 126998 relationship between Christ and vocation, we cannot keep them rigidly compartmentalised. Your vocation is your cross. You arerepparttar 126999 cross that God's life hangs upon and as such your work is a powerful witness of your faith and testimony. If we understand that Christ lives in us, we see that He also walks downrepparttar 127000 street in us and goes to work in us, all to reveal His life and purposes in us.

So if we understand this right, your vocation is very important to God. It is not a timid accommodation to prevailing culture. This is truly where Christ and culture collide! An opportunity to liverepparttar 127001 Christian life in practical ways withrepparttar 127002 support of God's grace. You can confrontrepparttar 127003 world by Christ in you through your chosen line of work. No matter what part of society you work in, God's purposes are made clear withinrepparttar 127004 principles for each domain. Be it education, church, economics, education, family, science,repparttar 127005 arts or government, as individuals we haverepparttar 127006 responsibility and calling to be Jesus with skin on in our workplace.

By calling Christians intorepparttar 127007 world, we are also calling them to be truly out of this world in their expression of Christ. People will noticerepparttar 127008 statement your life will make when you live with them and protest worldly corruption and idolatry in your sphere of influence.

We must bear our message into public life, not just when we are hymn-singing in church, for that is what salt and light should be, at all times and in all places. Somehow we have decided that onlyrepparttar 127009 spiritual sphere is regarded as withinrepparttar 127010 competence of divine claim and command, whereasrepparttar 127011 secular sphere is where only economic, political and social laws apply. We have become existentialists and agnostic, not Christian.

Sometimes we are called to patient endurance of an oppressive government, as inrepparttar 127012 case of Zimbabwe,repparttar 127013 church has not taken up arms, instead opting to pray forrepparttar 127014 salvation of members in government and protest through vocation, and if that fails then to put their trust in God's ability to raise up an enemy forrepparttar 127015 oppressor. But in some cases, Christians are not only permitted but also required to fightrepparttar 127016 kingdom, in that situation,repparttar 127017 correct vocation may be one of soldier. The opposition against Nazi Germany was one such case whererepparttar 127018 leader was not divinely instituted and was intent on destroying Christianity and monotheistic worldview, to replace it with an idolatrous nationalism. It was morally right to fight that war.

Inrepparttar 127019 case where a government is ordained by God, a Christian in his vocation may have less incentive to call for such significant reforms. Sadly, we live in an age where irresponsibility is rife and abandonment of vocation is widespread, particularlyrepparttar 127020 most important of vocations, parenthood. Day-care allows even those who can afford to raise their own children to abdicate that responsibility. Since a vocation is a cross, surely abandonment of it must be sin.

Christ and Covenant

Written by Aleck Cartwright


The Covenant and Christ

All are under sin, whether underrepparttar law or barbarians, and apart fromrepparttar 126996 Law we are all in need of righteousness. Not one of us can stand before God righteous apart from Christ in us as our righteousness. God does have a covenant with Israel as His chosen race and we as believers are grafted ontorepparttar 126997 chosen race by grace. This is where there is neither Jew nor Gentile, slave nor free for we are all in Christ, and there is a level playing field for all mankind who are made partakers of divine nature.

We as Gentiles never become Jews, except inrepparttar 126998 spiritual sense we become circumcised in our hearts havingrepparttar 126999 law of God written on our hearts and in our minds. In Christ we realiserepparttar 127000 fulfillment ofrepparttar 127001 law in our lives. We cannot attain to it and neither canrepparttar 127002 Jew, so whether we are underrepparttar 127003 law or not, we are all facingrepparttar 127004 wrath of God towards sin. Where God will judge us for what we have done according to Paul's gospel, which is Christ in us,repparttar 127005 hope of Glory.

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