By Raymond J. Bakke
"As we glance on the world-class towns round our planet, we are facing 5 new city realities: a crack cocaine epidemic, attack guns, mammoth numbers of homeless childrens, HIV/AIDS and (in the united states) what Time journal has referred to as `the browning of America.' the wishes of the city inhabitants are more than ever. . . . As our towns swell with immigrants, i am reminded that Jesus used to be born in a borrowed barn in Asia and have become an African refugee in Egypt, so the Christmas tale is set a world migrant. moreover, an entire village filled with child boys died for Jesus ahead of he had the chance to die for them at the go. absolutely this Jesus is aware the ache of youngsters who die for the sins of adults in our cities." How does God see the town? What does Scripture need to say approximately city ministry? those are the questions Ray Bakke has systematically addressed, starting with Genesis and carrying on with via to Revelation. here's a biblical theology that would continually shock and problem as you get a glimpse of the way immense God's view of town rather is.
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Our ravaged community looked worse every year. It was out of control and depressing. Pithy proverbs week after week gave welcome relief and surprising hope to my people. Let's try something. Read Psalm 38 through. o LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath. For your arrows have pierced me, and your hand has come down upon me. Because of your wrath there is no health in my body; my bones have no soundness because of my sin. My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden too heavy to bear.
So if my state, which has 102 counties, gangs up on Chicago, which is largely one county, that's not fair either, is it? And if the schools for one part of the family are highly developed and well funded, but other members of the family are left. with perpetually bad schools, that's not right, is it? " Ezekiel 16 helps us see some of the very concrete implications of such audacious theological thinking. If my government's policies perpetually provide tax incentives for companies many miles from job holders, again the fairness issue arises.
Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. It would appear that if you want to blame someone for the exodus of rural peoples to our cities, you have to blame God for answering the prayers of many people. For two thousand years the church has had the Great Commission to "go and make disciples of all nations" (Mt 28:19). Today we know where "all the nations" are-in the urban neighborhoods.