Saving the world in the scope of the religious consciousness has a defined ideology, but what world are we trying to save? We have been disciplined in a way that fits mankind’s idea of the Father’s salvation for the world. Politics, philosophy, economics, and the Arts in forms of communication define our religious view of saving the world. Therefore, in the end if we have done enough good, we get to go to heaven. It really does not matter the denomination or form of “Christianity”, we simply do not want to be persecuted as believers. Therefore, salvation theology is subject to fitting into the acceptable social structure.
Spinning out of Control
We believe that the governments of this world are righteous, and yet the world continues to spin out of control. Growing more and more violent and dangerous. I remember reading Justin the Martyr’s first Apology, (e-Sword Reference Library; Ante-Nicene Fathers, Vol. 1) and for the first time truly understanding the nature of the times. Which is not much different than the time we live in today as it pertains to people. His first Apology was an appeal to Caesar to stop persecuting the early believers of Christ. His appeal was based on the law of the land in that day and that no acts of criminality had been committed by the believers. This does not sound much different than our arguments around the world today.
Preaching the Good News, No Apologies!
I find it interesting that Jesus did not spend much time with Apologies to the governments of the day, including Rome. We read Paul’s account in the Acts of the Apostles before Festus and Agrippa as an Apology of the gospel. It was not! It was simply Paul defending his innocence against charges from the Jews that were false. It did give Paul the opportunity to share the good news to figures in the Roman government that otherwise would not have taken the time to listen. I would dare to say that many “Christians” don’t really know what charges were brought against Paul by the Jews. We take what we have been disciplined with by the “Church” and read the text under that bias.
Saving our Own Skin?
We appeal to the governments that are in place and hope they will do something righteous. In the end we simply don’t want to be persecuted. This is what Justin the Martyr wanted to stop. As many others called church fathers wrote on appeal to the government of the day. What have we given up trying to escape persecution? Are we trying to save the world or our own skin? Are we so far removed from the truth that we forget what Jesus said?
John 7:7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates me, because I keep telling it that its ways are bad.
John 15:18-25 “If the world hates you, just remember that it has hated me first. 19. If you belonged to the world, then the world would love you as its own. But I chose you from this world, and you do not belong to it; that is why the world hates you. 20. Remember what I told you: ‘Slaves are not greater than their master.’ If people persecuted me, they will persecute you too; if they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours too.
Good News Bible Translation
21. But they will do all this to you because you are mine; for they do not know the one who sent me. 22. They would not have been guilty of sin if I had not come and spoken to them; as it is, they no longer have any excuse for their sin. 23. Whoever hates me hates my Father also. 24. They would not have been guilty of sin if I had not done among them the things that no one else ever did; as it is, they have seen what I did, and they hate both me and my Father. 25. This, however, was bound to happen so that what is written in their Law may come true: ‘They hated me for no reason at all.’