Christian, some questions for you

March 20, 2007 at 10:54 pm 6 comments

  • There are the naive ways to look at life’s questions, which we all could do without.  Then there are the complex ways, which we will have to reckon with – with the possibility that we could cause ripples in society, disturb some people in their comfort zones, etcetras.  Which approach to life reflects God’s will for you?
  • How do you interpret the call of faith in terms of occupation and vocation in life?
  • How ought we demonstrate our faith commitment in public life?
  • How do you stay devoted to your faith and yet also demonstrate competence at work?
  • How do you stay joyfully Christian yet also remain truely African (in the words of John Gatu)?

Bonus thought:  Christian ethics ought to find its grounding in God’s revealed nature and character, not some hapharzadly isolated texts.  God provides foundation for Christian morality, e.g emphasizing a gracious relationship with Him and fellow humans over and above isolation (what, arguably, you could call Christian Communitarianism versus enlightened liberal individualism).

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  • 1. Daniel  |  March 21, 2007 at 1:04 am

    Christian Communitarian is a useful way to view kingdom living. The individualism and materialism prevalent in Western culture seems to make it’s realization more difficult.

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  • 2. Josiah  |  March 21, 2007 at 9:04 am

    Hi I believe that living a life of obedience to Christ in all aspects is the best testimony one can give to a non believer.
    Demonstrate Competence at work:
    I first believe that each person has unique and God given talents and abilities, and these ought to be channeled towards achieving what God has planned for us on earth.
    The Bible is also very clear about being diligent about what you do – ‘as to the Lord’ – No half hearted working – discipline and hardwork
    Faith commitment in Public Life – exemplify the life of Christ – he did live a very public life. Psalms 1 is my current living challenge

    Very necessary questions for anyone in a relationship in Jesus to ask

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  • 3. mamashady  |  March 22, 2007 at 3:51 am

    youve put into words something that been on my mind a lot lately.are these questions rhetorical?ive actually never heard of christian communitarianism vs liberal individualism but ill try and answer from my own experience. i second all josiah said. getting involved in any vocation or occupation should be a direct testament to our faith in God and his ability to use us as instruments/vessels for his purpose. as for demonstrating faith in public life, sometimes its easy sometimes its hard. and sometimes i struggle in finding the right way to make my faith known, (if theres s right way) especially when noones interested in finding out. but im working on it.
    im not sure if ive understood the question right but faith and competence at work…hmmmm, personally my competence stems from my faith.
    about being joyfully christian and yet truly african…could you elaborate on that one?

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  • 4. KA  |  March 22, 2007 at 7:47 am

    Joyfully Christian and yet truely African – It has, often, been thought that we (Africans) have much cultural baggage to fully celebrate our faith in God through Jc. In a book by the same title, John Gatu wrestles with that issue, particularly in light of the reknown East African revival and what it meant for the generation of believers who lived through it and those (like you and I) who would come afterwards. The pursuit of joy in God is to be the central purpose of our lives. That was / is the context of that one-liner. As always, thanks for reading.

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  • 5. Toiyoi Birgen  |  March 23, 2007 at 5:28 pm

    KA
    I honestly find those questions as a no brainer:
    (i)How do you interpret the call of faith in terms of occupation and vocation in life?
    -all all free to be what they want to be, BUT
    – the greatest vocation is one dedicated to telling others of the good news. Period.
    -it is said: “how beautiful the feet…”

    (ii)How ought we demonstrate our faith commitment in public life?
    -simple: walk as the new testament christians walked

    (iii)How do you stay devoted to your faith and yet also demonstrate competence at work?
    -what a weird thot?
    – are these things mutually exclusive?
    -should christians not be the most competent of all people, seeing that they work “as unto the Lord and not ..men”?
    -look at an earthly example, the Jews: 99% of what they touch is blessed
    -should not inheritors of a better covenant have 110% blessedness in what they do?
    -if one ever feels that (iii) is a problem, they really ought to quit or consider (i)

    (iv)How do you stay joyfully Christian yet also remain truely African (in the words of John Gatu)?
    -another weird one
    -what does this mean?
    – probably i am addressing the wrong crowd here or what?
    -I probably would have understood is the Qns read “joyfully Christian yet also remain truely White?” Really.

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  • 6. KA  |  March 24, 2007 at 9:50 am

    @ Toiyoi – 🙂

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