Individualistic Christianity

I read this on Adam Moore's blog and REALLY needed to repost it here for you. He is the Emergent Village Cohort organizer in Waco, TX. I posted a similar idea here a while back. But of course Bonhoeffer says it much better. Thanks Adam!

Hasn’t the individualistic question about personal salvation almost completely left us all? Aren’t we really under the impression that there are more important things than that question (perhaps not more important than the matter itself, but more important than the question!)? I know it sounds pretty monstrous to say that. But, fundamentally, isn’t this in fact biblical? Does the question about saving one’s soul appear in the Old Testament at all? Aren’t righteousness and the Kingdom of God on earth the focus of everything, and isn’t it true that Rom. 3.24ff. is not an individualistic doctrine of salvation, but the culmination of the view that God alone is righteous? It is not with the beyond that we are concerned, but with this world as created and preserved, subjected to laws, reconciled, and restored. What is above this world is, in the gospel, intended to exist for this world; I mean that, not in the anthropocentric sense of liberal, mystic pietistic, ethical theology, but in the biblical sense of creation and of the incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer - Letters and Papers from Prison

1 comment:

Adam Moore said...

I'm glad this was meaningful to you. I have really enjoyed spending time with Bonhoeffer's "Letters and Papers from Prison." I think Bonhoeffer was quite prophetic and it's hard to accept that he was killed so young.

I highly recommend reading the book - or if you aren't up for reading all of it, I gathered together about 15 pages of excerpts of his theological writings from prison. You can get that on my blog. It is full of great stuff.