The Wanderer

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Discipleship and the idols of family and culture

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I preached a few weeks ago on the bond of the church, and appreciated Stephen Um’s perspectives on the challenges of the same principle (though wouldn’t it be wonderful if he had a cousin called Barry Er, or something?). Here he applies the principle of renunciation of all things for Christ, the relative priority of our attachment to Christ:

Let me be clear: I’m not saying that Christ is calling Easterners to leave their families, and Westerners to leave their careers. Rather, I am saying that the call to discipleship is a fundamental redirection of our human existence, a reorientation, an all-embracing turning about of our lives in order that our affections might be placed primarily upon Christ. And, this being the case, the call to discipleship will cut through and across every culture. So, for the progressive, part of the call will be to make sure that Christ is more important than one’s work. We must find our identity in being a disciple of Christ, rather than as disciples of our career development. As for the traditionalist, the challenge may be in making certain that Christ takes precedence in one’s life over and above family, community, and society. We must make sure that Christ is the supreme treasure in our lives.

Whatever the case may be, as disciples of Christ we are challenged to give him our ultimate allegiance, no matter our cultural background or social location. This being the case, our comfort and our energies must be derived from the fact that Christ not only transcends human culture, but he also entered into it. And, having entered into culture, he not only challenges the reigning paradigms, but also promises to redeem all that is broken about them.

Thanks, Stephen.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Saturday 18 June 2011 at 09:03

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