Sunday, March 15, 2009

Now decisions have to be made

"The logic of mission is this: the true meaning of the human story has been disclosed. Because it is the truth, it must be shared universally. It cannot be private opinion. When we share it with all peoples, we give them the opportunity to know the truth about themselves, to know who they are because they can know the true story of which their lives are a part. Wherever the gospel is preached, the question of the meaning of the human story -- the universal story and the personal story of each human being -- is posed. Thereafter the situation can never be the same. It can never revert to the old harmonies, the old securities, the old static or cyclical patterns of the past. Now decisions have to be made for or against Christ, for Christ as the clue to history or for some other clue."

Lesslie Newbigin, The Gospel in a Pluralist Society, pages 125-126.