the perspective the Bible, better put, the gospel gives

The Bible, better put, the gospel, since the gospel is the entire point of the Bible and is as big as all of life. The gospel, meaning good news in Jesus, gives us a perpsective which addresses all of life. Somehow, somewhere— Scot McKnight makes what I think is a compelling argument to say this came through the Reformation since what was being addressed primarily, in reaction to Rome/the Roman Catholic Church was the issue of salvation (see Kingdom Conspiracy: Returning to the Radical Mission of the Local Church)— the gospel seems to have become all about salvation. The gospel is indeed the power of God for salvation to all who believe (Romans 1) and we’re saved by that gospel by holding on to the word that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he rose again from the dead according to the scriptures (1 Corinthians 15 and the historical accounts we find in the gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John). But the gospel is not simply about individuals being saved. Read the New Testament book of Colossians. The gospel of Christ is about nothing less than a new creation replacing the old, and includes needed judgment in making all wrongs right.

The gospel gives us a perspective which addresses all of life, not only in terms of our view of things, but also in how we should live. It’s good news not only for “the sweet by and by,” but for the here and now. No matter what takes place in the present, we can rest assured that the good news in God through Christ by the Spirit is at work in the world, yes, even through the brokenness of the church, and can make all the difference in the world, yes, even in the brokenness of it all (like the terrible shooting last night in Hesston, Kansas). We hang our hats on one thing: not in who is going to win in November in the US Presidential election. Not on trying to avoid trouble in this life, even tragedy, the former being a daily occurrence, the latter at least affecting us all. No, we put our confidence in and stake our lives on one thing, and one thing only: the good news of God in King Jesus.

prayer for Friday in the second week of Lent

Grant, O Lord, that as your Son Jesus Christ prayed for his enemies on the cross, so we may have grace to forgive those who wrongfully or scornfully use us, that we ourselves may be able to receive your forgiveness; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Book of Common Prayer