Sermon Spillover: “A New World Is Yet To Come”

During today’s Sermon, I ran out of time to share a great and challenging quote from Henri Nouwen.  This quote stresses the importance of all Christians to remain detached from the culture we live in, proclaiming that the Kingdom of God is on the move and that we should long for its culmination on Earth.  May it challenge you and inspire you!  –  Pastor Josh

“You are Christian only so long as you look forward to a new world, only so long as you constantly pose critical questions to the society in which you live, and only for so long as you emphasize the need for conversion both for yourself and for the world. You are Christian only so long as you, in no way, let yourself become established in a situation of seeming calm, only so long as you stay unsatisfied with the status quo and keep saying that a new world is yet to come. You are Christian only when you believe that you have a role to play in the realization of this new kingdom and when you urge everyone you meet with a holy unrest to make haste so that the promise might soon be fulfilled. So long as you live as a Christian you keep looking for a new order, a new structure, a new life.

As a Christian it is hard to bear with people who stand still along the way, lose heart, and seek their happiness in little pleasures which they cling to. It irritates you to see things established and settled, and you feel sad about all that self-indulgence, and self- satisfaction, for you know with an indestructible certainty that something greater is coming, and you’ve already seen the first rays of light. As a Christian, you not only maintain that this world will pass, but that it must pass to allow a new world to be born, and that there will never be a moment in this life when you can rest assured that there is nothing more to do.

The Christian witness is a critical witness because the Christian professes that the Lord will come again and make all things new. The Christian life calls for radical changes because the Christian assumes a critical distance from the world and, in spite of all contradictions, keeps saying that a new way of being human and a new peace are possible.”

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