Christians in the World
Don Closson — Have you ever heard a sermon that tried to convince you that
our earthly possessions should be looked at more like a hotel room rather than a
permanent home? The point being that earth is a nice place to visit, but it's
not a believer's final destination. As aliens and strangers, our real residence
is with God which usually implies a heavenly spiritual existence that is
completely foreign to our current one. In a bit of a twist, a recent article in
Christianity Today argued that most evangelicals have things backwards. We
are wrong if we think that at Christ's return the wicked will be "left behind"
and the righteous will be taken away to a heavenly abode. It's the wicked who
will be removed while the righteous remain on earth. The author's conclusion is
that we should be more caring about this world because it, not heaven, will be
our eternal home.
How we view "final things" or the "end times" impacts how we
live today. There is a heated debate going on about the priorities of those
who desire to live out a biblical worldview. Should we be focused on restoring
this world, redeeming it for God, or on offering the lifeboat of salvation in
order to save some from impending destruction along with the rest of the cosmos?
Are we to be mostly about creating a restored culture through our Spirit empowered
efforts, or are we seeking salvation for a redeemed people leaving restoration of
the world to special acts of God?
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"What should our priority be as believers? Should we focus on evangelism and building disciples or on the restoration of our planet to its pre-fall state? Should we be saving people from this world or returning the planet to an Eden like paradise? Join us this week as we consider three recent books on how to live the Christian life in 21st century America."
Don Closson is Director of Administration and research associate for Probe. He has a B.S. in education and an M.S. in educational administration, and the M.A. in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. Before joining Probe, Don served as a public school teacher and administrator.
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