Creative Co-Laborers

I imagine that God is pleased when we creatively apply the Gospel to the specific conditions of our lives. The Scriptures do not give us an exhaustive set of ethical rules to abide by. God apparently was silent on many issues, particularly ethical issues, that he could have spoken at length and in great detail about. This, however, would not be in accord with the dynamic creation he made, how he made us, nor with our calling to be co-laborers in the ministry of the Gospel. God gave us deep rational and creative instincts, and we are called to employ our rational and creative capacities to apply the Gospel to our specific cultures and the specific circumstances of our lives within that culture. In this manner the Gospel continues to be an incarnate reality, uniquely manifesting itself in specific times and places.

5 Responses to “Creative Co-Laborers”

  1. Roger Green  

    But you well know that some folks have reduced their sense of the Gospels to a handful of rigid rules. “Dynamic creation”? Sounds like a liberal to me. No wonder you turned out so progressive on that test you took recently.

  2. paul  

    Anthony,
    Here, people get in trouble as a simple dichotomy of options (left/right, “conservative”/”liberal”, tradition/new) and those choosing to break the mold get labeled anything. That label, of course, is often one of contempt. Speaking politically, so much of the church’s social aspects are changing, if anyone wishing to see a new movement arise that even remotely involves the church, be careful of the backlash!

  3. Roger Green  

    I’ve stolen from you: http://thomwade.wordpress.com/2008/03/19/god-hates-you-all-of-you/#comments

  4. Anthony Velez  

    Roger – In this case, it is an honor to be stolen from. 🙂

    Regarding my being progressive on the test I took and the liberalism that expresses itself in this post, I think that comes from trying to be faithful to the Scriptures and the Xian Tradition. I plan on writing a post soon about Jesus standing before Pilate and declaring that his Kingdom is not of this world. A critical implication that I see in this declaration is that Jesus’ Kingdom will not fit within the categories that this world uses to sort experience and articulate the truth. Using John’s (the Beloved) mode of expression, the kingdom of God represents an inbreaking from above that upsets the fallen norms of this world.

    I hope I don’t fit the categories of liberal or conservative because in trying to remain faithful to the fullness of the faith, I am becoming one who is in the world but not of it. Compared to my good friend Chris, I am definitely conservative (probably too much for his taste) and compared to my good friend John (whom you don’t know) I am definitely liberal (probably too much for his taste).

    I think the “liberal” part of me tends to manifest more often than my “conservatism” because it seems that among those who uphold orthodoxy, it is conservative voices that tend to dominate, and so, in some measure I am trying to provide a counterbalance.

  5. Anthony Velez  

    Paul – I think my response to Roger elaborates and supports what you said in your comment. If I misread you, let me know. Otherwise, I think we are kindred on this matter.