Friday, September 18, 2009

The Roots of WARSKYL

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." Amen. (Mat 28:18-20)

The Great Commission of Jesus to the Church is too often narrowly construed as "witnessing" or as "soulwinning" Jesus actually commanded His followers to disciple the nations. That is, He told them to teach the nations to obey His authority and live according to His Law.

This involves witnessing and winning souls, but it goes much further. It requires that every facet of life be brought under the dominion of Christ -- not just the Church, but also family, business, education, the arts and the sciences.

The fulfillment of the Great Commission should produce a Church and society imbued with a Christian Worldview that evidences itself in all the knowledge, attitudes and actions of its members.

Thus, the Great Commission gives us a cultural mandate just as certainly as it gives us an evangelism mandate.

Why do I bring this up? Some recent exchanges here at WARSKYL have raised questions of culture, civilization and race. I think these discussions should be allowed to play themselves out in a context of mutual respect and courtesy, but I also see that I need to make my position (and therefore the position of WARSKYL) clear to any and all.

WARSKYL is my expression of the cultural mandate of the Great Commission in one area of human experience that contemporary American Christianity has sadly neglected. Therefore, the purpose of this blog relates directly to the kinds of questions raised in the discussions at hand.

Continued in "The Roots of WARSKYL, 2"

3 comments:

Randall Gerard said...

Message recieved. Sorry, I do tend to go off on tangents.

Dr. Paleo Ph.D. said...

This involves witnessing and winning souls, but it goes much further. It requires that every facet of life be brought under the dominion of Christ -- not just the Church, but also family, business, education, the arts and the sciences.

And of course, the MARTIAL arts. ;-)

Gravelbelly said...

Randall,

Sorry, but you missed my point. I do not want to stifle reasonable, courteous discussion. Although I absolutely disagree with your racial stance, I think the discussion needs to take place (without rancor & without sniping at one another, of course).

As will become evident in future posts, my reason for addressing the issue in this series is to make my position absolutely clear. Several months back a group of "Christian feminists" attacked WARSKYL on several counts, one of which hinted that I was a racist since some of my regular readers and commenters are "neo-confederates". This is, of course, both ignorant and absurd.

I know that such accusations will still come from hateful and disingenuous souls, but I also want the truth about my position to be there for those honest enough to receive it.

I am not going to discourage the racial discussion since I believe the issue will not go away by ignoring it, as many have done in the past. We have tended to gravitate toward those with whom we agree and repeat our group mantras without examining what the other side is saying.

Another reason for the "Roots of WARSKYL" series is that readers from around the world (and from various ethnic and cultural backgrounds) routinely drop in here at the blog, and I don't want them to reject WARSKYL because they mistakenly assume that the opinons of any reader reflect my own convictions on a subject as volatile as this.

I do appreciate your obvious sincerity, and I hope both sides will remain as open and fair as they wish the other participants in the discussion to be.