Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Which One Best Describes You?
Steve S. had a really interesting post on his blog where he describes four different common ways of engaging with the world as Christians. He writes:
Which best describes you?


1) The world is full of people who want to decieve and destroy. They need to be confronted with the truth. You want to expose the lies of those in positions of cultural power. You want to remove the godless authorities from their places of power and show people the truth of God's word. You hope to see godly men and women occupy those positions of control and authority and you are willing to combat the forces working against that hope with whatever social and political means are at your disposal. Your ideal society is one where God has been placed at the top, He is publicly honored by politicians and leaders, professors and business owners. All of society is ordered by the ways of God, from schools and courtrooms, to public places and private homes; the ways of God are taught as the only right way to live.


2) The world is a place that has nothing of value to you. You desire to stear clear of those who would corrupt you or your family with their godless ways and evil deeds. Your ideal society is a group of people who are devoted to living for God, who have removed themselves from the evil ways of the world. You would love to live somewhere in the country (living a simple, rural lifestyle) with these godly people, teaching your children the good life, and drawing closer to God.


3) The world is a dirty place that needs cleaning up, you find yourself wanting to teach people the right way to live. If the world would only take note of what God has been saying and begin to obey, the world would be a better place. You have little patience with people who chose a life of ignorance and degradation. Your ideal society is one where everyone has comitted to living a pure and righteous life. If people would only follow your example, and listen to what you tell them, they would discover that they too can be blessed by God.


4) The world has much to offer. If you could only attach yourself to the right people and the right insititutions, you would be able to use the power and energy and knowledge for good. You want to enlist the aid of those in power to accomplish the goals of God. Your ideal society is one where the spiritual community is on good terms with the secular authorities and those in positions of cultural influence. You don't want to 'rock the boat' unneccisarily, and are willing to find healthy and appropriate compromises to make things work and get things done.

The question is which of these four best describes you. Steve says that he is most like #3. I'd probably go with that one too, or maybe #1 on a bad day or #4 on a good day.

However, he also has a follow-up post where we reveals a little bit more about what these four types are all about and what the "right answer" is. You can read that here.

(BTW, if some of this starts to seem familiar, that's probably because you've been reading NT Wright or Brian McLaren lately. ;-)


posted by Mike Clawson at 8:25 PM | Permalink |


At 10/30/2007 08:55:00 PM, Blogger Erin Marshalek

Hi Mike,

I work in part of the theology/ministry section in my school's library, and we recently put together a display from our collection about the Emerging church. My bosses also displayed a list of recommended websites and blogs, and yours was the very first one listed. When I saw it I was like, "I know him!" It made me smile to have a bit of your presence at my job/school!

I hope you guys are doing well. I continue to think about and pray for you, Julie, Emma, and Via Christus.

Peace to you, friend.


At 10/30/2007 10:05:00 PM, Blogger Mike Clawson

Hey Erin! Good to hear from you. How's school going?

That's interesting that my blog made it onto the list. Do you know who put the list together? I wonder how they found my blog out of all the ones out there.


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