By: Martha Anderson|Published: September 20, 2006 2:49 PM
John Stott has a revised version of his book Issues Facing Christians Today out this month that, judging from the description of it on Zondervan's website, is a must read. It looks at some of the key issues facing our culture today from a biblical perspective, and explains why Christians must understand, care, and get involved.
The book is divided into four parts: Contextual Issues; Global Issues (War and Peace, Caring for Creation, Living with Global Poverty, Human Rights); Social Issues (The World of Work, Business Relationships, Celebrating Ethnic Diversity, Simplicity, Generosity and Contentment); and Personal Issues (Women, Men and God, Marriage, Cohabitation and Divorce, Abortion and Euthanasia, The New Biotechnology -- by Professor John Wyatt, and Same-Sex Relationships. He ends the book with a call for Christian leadership.
Here's an excerpt:
"I will look at how Christians are called to develop a Christian mind, but . . . I want to look at the call to become involved in this world. It is sadly still the case that some believe that Christians do not have social responsibility in this world but only a commission to evangelize those who have not heard the gospel. Yet it is evident that in his public ministry Jesus both 'went about . . . teaching . . . and preaching' (Matthew 4:23; 9:35 RSV) and 'went about doing good and healing' (Acts 10:38 RSV). In consequence, 'evangelism and social concern have been intimately related to one another throughout the history of the Church . . .Christian people have often engaged in both activities quite unselfconsciously, without feeling any need to define what they were doing or why.'"
He goes on to talk about the different attitudes Christians can adopt towards the world -- escape, accommodation and engagement. Obviously -- engagement is the route he's directing us towards, lest you wonder.
Good stuff. I'm going to buy a copy! Oops! Guess this is a week when I'm an uber-consumer, purchasing wants instead of needs! I'll at least try to find it on sale. Sigh . . .