Transform v. Participate


There is a significant difference. But in an age that doesn’t seem able to distinguish between activism and being active without deeming the latter as a euphemism for “lazy” at best and “antinomian at worst,” it may seem rather confusing. Mike Horton does a nice job of clarifying it in his third post on two kingdom theology. Here’s a taste of what it looks like to accentuate the ordinary theology of the cross over against the extraordinary theology of glory:


Thank God for believers who were great scientists and helped to create greater understanding and advances in medicine.  But God should also be thanked for the myriad believers who have simply strived to fulfill their everyday callings as parents, neighbors, workers, volunteers, and friends.  Abraham Kuyper spoke of the “little people” of the kingdom, citing examples—like a parishioner: the elderly woman who led him to Christ even though he was her pastor but as yet steeped in liberalism.  We will still need government and private sector relief agencies, but it would make a big difference in society if Christians spent more time in their ordinary vocations, caring for aging parents and growing (perhaps physically or mentally challenged) children, being good neighbors, and fulfilling their calling at work with remarkable skill and dedication.


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2 Responses to Transform v. Participate

  1. RubeRad says:

    I was at a funeral just on Saturday, and I was thinking what a great hymn this is:

    Father, I know that all my life
    Is portioned out for me;
    The changes that are sure to come,
    I do not fear to see:
    I ask thee for a present mind,
    Intent on pleasing thee.

    I would not have the restless will
    That hurries to and fro,
    Seeking for some great thing to do,
    Or secret thing to know;
    I would be treated as a child,
    And guided where I go.

  2. Zrim says:

    Funerals are fantastic venues for lots of things, not least gaining perspective on the ordinary lives of saints. At least, that was my thought at a Catholic funeral I attended a couple weeks ago.

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