Wednesday, April 12, 2006
As I continue my reading of the The Last Word and the Word After That, McLaren continues to push my thinking about Hell. McLaren suggests that often we use hell to instill compliance through fear... turn or burn...I am reminded again that "the church exists not for itself, or for the elite few, but to be a blessing to the world."(McLaren) To fight for justice, for poor, the weak, the vulnerable, etc. "Because Jesus cares for both personal morality and public justice, God whose will is peace and justice for all."(McLaren) all have hope, all have joy.
Tomorrow morning we are leaving for Calgary with my Youth, to work with the local church in serving the inner-city poor, who are suffering hell, because of injustice or neglect, I hope we are able to bring a message of hope and peace, I hope that this can help instill the thirst for justice with in our youth, a love for our neighbors, I can't think of anything better to do on Easter...