In scripture there are five basic jurisdictions (or governments) God has set up in His Kingdom:
5-Religious or church government
In this article, I use the word “Outlier” to describe an exceptional person who operates largely outside of the norms of mainstream to change the world. Notable biblical heroes such as John the Baptist, Jesus, Micaiah, Elijah, the Apostle Paul, and our Lord Jesus Christ, were all outliers since they did not conform nor function within the institutional religious frameworks of their day.
In Genesis 1:26-28, we read the original covenant of creation God gave Adam. This is the most important covenant in the Bible to understand our purpose in the earth because it shows the original intent in which we were created. Essentially, man, made in the image of God, was called to have children; he was called to multiply them, fill the earth, which would lead to subduing it and having dominion. Thus, the original covenant God gave humankind was to influence all of culture or the created order.
I heard it said once that “failure is the parent of innovation.” This is a very true statement because before every successful career or endeavor there are usually a multitude of failures. We all have to learn to “fail forward.” As we entered a new year, we should have reflected on the successes and failures of the past year, using both as a trajectory toward a more productive experience this year.
In this politically correct age, when Evangelicals are starting to gain more and more cultural traction as they gain more political, economic, and academic power it is becoming more tempting for Evangelicals to do away with some biblical beliefs that embarrass our public personas and impede acceptance by worldly power brokers in this so called “tolerant,” “multicultural,” and “diverse” society.
Years ago a well-known New York City megachurch pastor (whom I know and like) was interviewed by Katie Couric regarding his stance on several issues including same-sex marriage. To paraphrase (in my own words), the pastor essentially said that Jesus only dealt with the root issues of the heart and not the symptoms of sin; that is, Jesus never took a stand on the moral issues of His day. For us, this means we should not make general statements regarding important moral issues of society, but instead deal with these controversial issues in personal dialogue with those who have questions.
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