The Church Must Participate in the Life of the World
Updated: Jun 8
The church, as the people of God, cannot grow nor can it be meaningful if it is removed from the world of everyday life. It must take its place in the world understanding and engaging the culture to which it is speaking and within which it is embedded. It must never be extracted from the hustle and bustle of real life. Otherwise, it will end up having a ghetto-like existence that is devoid of meaning and impact on the world that it indwells. Thus, the church must actively participate in the life of the world, it must be, as the people of God, in the world and meaningful to the world, but not of the world. It must live with this tension if is to be what it was intended to be a community that bears witness to the reality of the kingdom of God. The church, as a community, will and must look different in the different cultures and subcultures it enters and engages. If it looks the same in the culture or subculture in which it takes root then something is seriously wrong for the context in which the church is brought to life and existence will play a part because a peoples culture and worldview shapes their thinking and imprints their actions which in-turn will be carried over into the life and shape of the church. Yet, not uncritically for every aspect of its life must be brought under the Lordship of Jesus Christ and be congruent with the nature of the kingdom of God.