Die Evangelie & Kultuur

In die boek, The Missionary Movement in Christian History: Studies in Transmission of Faith, deur Jonathan Parnell word beginsels in verband met kultuur en die Bybel aangespreek. Die beginsel van swerwer wees en die beginsel van inboorling/deel wees. Dis twee beginsels wat uniek is en moet omhels word – dis deel van die wonder van die Boodskap.

Die neigings is albei gegrond uit idees vanuit die Evangelie.

Om tuis te wees. Om deel te wees van die wêreld (jou omgewing) kom vanaf die verstaan dat God ons gered het nie oor wat ons gedoen het nie, maar eerder oor wat Jesus vir ons gedoen het. Ons is aanvaar soos wat ons is en hoe God ons geskape het. God was in beheer toe hy ons laat groot word het in daai skool en ons in daardie universiteit laat studeer het. Ons ouers is nie per toeval wie hulle is en ons vriende wie hulle is. So as God ons nuut maak doen Hy dit nie in ‘n vakuum nie, ons is tog in ons identieit gevorm deur ons omgewing leef steeds in daardie kultuur.

Om ‘n swerwer te wees. Om te glo in ‘n God wat ons vat en dan vorm soos klei in Sy hande soos wat Hy ons wil hê. Hy sê dat ons moet verstaan dat ons nie deel is van die wêreld nie en dat ons hier geen tuiste het. Soos wat die “tuis wees” beginsel ons vereenselwig met ons omgewing so skep die swerwer beginsel ‘n verhouding met die buite ons gemeenskap. Ons is verbind aan die mense van ander kulture en groepe. Om aageneem te word in die Evangelie verbind mense wat die selfde erfenis het.

Justin Taylor lys verse waar die beginsels voorkom (sien Two Essential Gospel Impulses):

Pilgrim Principle Indigenous Principle
But Not of the World—and Be In It “They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world” (John 17:16). “I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one” (John 17:15)
Separate—and Participate “Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing” (2 Cor. 6:17). “I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people—not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world . . . since then you would need to go out of the world. But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality” (1 Cor. 5:9),
Confront—and Adapt “The wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not associate with them. . . . Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them” (Eph. 5:6-11). “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Tim. 3:12). “Aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands . . . so that you may live properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one” (1 Thess. 4:11-12). “[I pray] that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way” (1 Tim. 2:2).
Refuse Conformity—and Contextualize “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind” (Rom. 12:2) “I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some” (1 Cor. 9:22). “Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved” (1 Cor. 10:32-33).

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