Thursday, October 23, 2008

Relating to others-Exposure

Recently we had Andrew Cameron visit with us and he began to explore angles on relating to those who do not follow Jesus. Andrew has generously given me permission to explore some of his thoughts on this blog. The exploration is not meant to be exhaustive but identifies four responses.This is part 4 of a 4 part series. Thanks Andrew for your insights!

Although modern Christians often openly challenge and rebuke pagan neighbours, it turns out that this theme is quite rare in the NT:

What in 1 Cor. 5:10-12 suggests that such an approach is not the first choice for the Christian?
But there are hints that such an approach is sometimes appropriate. Perhaps the prophetic ‘watchman’ of Ezek. chs. 3:16-19 & 33:1-9 is an OT ‘precursor’ of this approach.

A clear NT instance of the approach might be Ephesians 5:11-12: ‘exposing the deeds of darkness’.

‘The life of praise’ will sometimes include moments of exposure. Even the moment of exposure will be a ‘gospel-shaped’ word of some sort.

But – what would be examples of ‘exposure’?
Why would you choose ‘exposure’ over ‘détente’ or ‘subversion’?
How can exposure of dark deeds be done in such a way as to remain an expression of the life of praise?

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