Saturday, July 12, 2014

Responsibility of the Highest Degree

Responsibility at its highest level requires us to take responsibility for things which are not our responsibility. If we see this or that wrong or this or that wrong or issue we can fix we take responsibility if it is in our power to do so.

It is obvious we cannot do everything. We are cannot fix every problem but it should not stop us from doing what we can. To have great responsibility in life is to be aware that there are times we may need to act to fix things problems others creating.

Jesus is of course the greatest example of this responsibility. He took responsibility for sin when he himself had no sin.

There are conservative churches which have concern about speaking of Jesus as an example in life. There is some basis for the concern in that Jesus is first our savior and our God and only there after our example.

We cannot see Jesus as our example properly before we understand his nature, life, work, and stature seated at the right hand of God. But Jesus himself commands us to see him as our example, "a new commandment I give you that you love each other as I have loved you."

You see the movement in some conservative churches to avoid speaking of Jesus as an example because it feels risky is unbiblical. You cannot have concern for the teaching of God and then decide that you find the teaching of God too risky to speak of.

I am to a degree overstating my case, but not by much. If you begin to speak of Jesus as an example in many conservative churches you begin to see people cringe.

I believe the conservative church has more correct than the liberal church but at times the conservative church is so concerned with being "conservative" that it plays theology far safer than the Bible does to the extent of ignoring the word of God. Being biblical is to find what the Bible finds important.
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