Living in a broken world

As part of our time here we are working our way through the SU Statement of faith. Today we looked at the paragraph about the fall. It was an important reminder that the implications of the fall are much greater than individual they are also corporate and structural. God’s redemption plan is not just individual it is also corporate and structural.

In many ways just having these conversations in Africa provide a completely new meaning to them. Vast numbers of people on this continent live without water electricity or sewage. The Bible has been used to justify a whole range of behaviours including apartheid. Even as we met today we heard about 300 people killed by mudslides in Uganda – only 2-3 hours away from where we are. Evidence of the brokenness of our world. We need to acknowledge that we are part of this brokenness and we have to live with that brokenness as part of our everyday experience

But of course humanity is still called to be an image bearer. In creation God makes male and female in his image and likeness. Together we are called to be image bearers. Although the fall mars that image, those of us who call ourselves Christians are called to continue God’s creative purpose and more accurately bear the image of God in the way we live our lives. It’s the jars of clay that Paul talks about in Corinthians that make the possibility of God being glorified all the more amazing.


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