God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

Jn 3:16

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Oft repeated.  Perhaps not sufficiently considered.

What might this mean for us in this world, in the West – in secularized cultures which are defaulted to the primacy of politics and power, and the dubious “genius” of political man?

Yes, John 3:16 is a basic tenet of Christian belief.  But what does it say?  And what are its implications?

It says: God came to us, mortal beings, who were in our earthly existence estranged from our full humanity, our Source, our meaning in being, and the end to which we are destined.

It says had we been well and full, God would not have sent his Son for so explicit a lesson of how it is that we can live in fullness and contentment. It says that without the Divine we cannot find fullness here, and not through our own efforts.

It says implicitly that exclusionary secularism cannot provide for our fullness – indeed, it says that such efforts have and will, in all instances, fail us.

Further, God’s extraordinary commitment to the human being says each person is exalted and glorified; that is, possesses the dignity of being God’s beloved and as the beloved we are transfigured – mortal beings made immortal.

But make no mistake – we think here of the each individual human person, but not of society; for in being the beloved we are in this mortal world and its historic moments but also beyond it at any and every one of its moments.

We are, simply stated, an eschatological people – those who live beyond the mundane, beyond today with all its tasks, and conflicts, problems, worries and ways.  We live today and for what is beyond, for the God in this day and the God for all that precedes this life and awaits us beyond this life.

As believers we live prophetically.

We live with certainty that cannot to found in politics, policy, power or the things of this world.

Rather, our meaning is in an individual being transformed by God through Christ; hence, to God and Christ is the primacy – not to politics or policy or power.  Our task in culture is the witness of the heart.

We are, in Christ, raised above history while remaining in history – leaving us, by this one circumstance, to live in a prophetic disposition as individual believers called to witness a Loving God above all else.

 Do not conform yourself to this age but be transformed … that you may discern what is the will of God …

1 Cor 12:2

Shalom.

Thank you for reading this post and sharing your faith with others.  God bless.

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