1.31.2012

"Radical Alternative"

I forgot where I found this, but it showed up in a file I clipped from my studies.

Stanley Hauerwas and William Willmon propose a "confessing church" model as a "radical alternative" to the "activist" (Constantinian) or "conversionist" (privatized) models that are current. What they envision is the church as "an alternative polis, a countercultural social structure called church." Such a church has its overriding political task "that again asserts that God, not nations, rule the world, that boundaries of God's kingdom transcend those of Caesar, and that the main political task of the church is the formation of people who see clearly the cost of discipleship and are willing to pay the price." They invite us to see ourselves with the exilic eyes as "resident" aliens, an adventurous colony in a society of unbelief."
  • The privatized church model is centered too much on the individual for me. The church is not a provider of goods and services. It is something so much more than that. 
  • Whether we like it or not, we are "resident" aliens in our surrounding culture.  
What if we (as the church) viewed our apartments, homes, or where ever we live as foreign embassies, representing another kingdom? 
How would this change our church programs? How would this change the way we work, go to school, and interact with our neighbors? 

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