Wednesday, December 28, 2005

quote - Nouwen

"You are a Christian only so long as you constantly pose critical questions to the society you live in... so long as you stay unsatisfied with the status quo and keep saying that a new world is yet to come".
Henri Nouwen (taken from Richard Foster Money, Sex and Power p248)

4 comments:

The Righteousness of God said...

Who has bewitched you....'Only a Christian' based on 'behaviour'...tisst..tisst...shame, shame - signed the Grace Police.

pastor mike said...

Nouwen is talking about how we live in the world - he is not defining "being a Christian" in the same way that so many do... in fact he is doing exactly the opposite - he is saying that the Christian is the one who has a holy disassisfaction with this world, who recognizes that the Kingdom is not yet here, but is coming, and so questions the society (dare I say... the church)

The Righteousness of God said...

"You are a Christian only so long as you constantly pose critical questions to the society you live in... so long as you stay unsatisfied with the status quo and keep saying that a new world is yet to come".

I read and hear..'you are a Christian only so long as you (do)'

Sounds conditional...to me

pastor mike said...

There is a conditional aspect to being a Christian. Jesus in John 15:4 talked about "abiding / resting /remaining in him." Paul in Col 1:21-23 talks about "continuing in the faith." I think what Nouwen is doing is saying that one of the ways of remaining / continuing is to keep on recognizing that to use a cliche "this world is not our home" - one of the ways we do this is by asking "critical questions" of the world / the church / ourselves - so that we make room for God to break in and do what he wants to do in and through us and others