Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Short experimental answers to big questions

Question: What is the Gospel?
Answer: Jesus is Lord; governments, churches, CEOs, senior pastors, friends, Zouk, Apple-Mac, and Starbucks are not.

Question: What is the 'kingdom of God'?
Answer: The network of caring, loving, and life-giving services to those who were socially, economically, politically oppressed or marginalized.

Question: Who is Jesus?
Answer: The President/Prime Minister/Parliamentary/Constitutional power of the entire existence as we know it.

Question: What do all these got to do with you, me, Starbucks, and the parliaments?
Answer: Jesus has shown us the means and the end of what he and his two other divine partners wants for our known existence. All is found in Jesus' own life, ministry, death, and resurrection. And we are invited to join in his trans-global effort to bring in the 'kingdom of God' which is already partly here.

For longer experimental answers to the first and the second question, go here respectively:
What is the Gospel?
What is the 'kingdom of God'?


Steven Sim said...

I don't quite agree that the kingdom refers to "network of...services".

If put in the context of your post, it probably should be:

"YHWH, and not Obama or McCain, or Lee Hsien Loong or Old Man Lah or Anwar Ibrahim (you name it) is now the true king"

Steven Sim

Sze Zeng said...

Hi Steven,

Why disagree with 'network of services'?

Steven Sim said...

It's not just the word "network of services..."

But 1) there's always a misunderstanding of "kingdom of god" to refer to a "place" or a "location" or "church" instead of refering as the "reign of god" as intended in the gospel (refer Ladd's commentary on this issue). So the definition you proposed does not seek to clarify the confusion as I believe you wanted to do in this post, which is actually great.

no. 2, god's rule is not "left wing utopia", it's not merely for those who were marginalized, although the gospel must be good news to them as well if not all the more.

Steven Sim

Sze Zeng said...

Good comments!

Thank you for joining in this experiment. I'll think and re-think over the issues you raised.