Another quote from ‘Surprised…’ to chew on:
The power of the gospel lies, not in the offer of a new spirituality or religious experience, not in the threat of hellfire (certainly not in the threat of being ‘left behind’) which can be removed only if the hearer ticks this box, says this prayer, raises a hand, or whatever…but in the powerful announcement that God is God, that Jesus is Lord, that the powers of evil have been defeated, that God’s new world has begun. This announcement, stated as a fact about the way the world is rather than as an appeal about the way you might like your life, your emotions or your bank balance to be, is the foundation of everything else. Of course, once the gospel announcement is made, in whatever way, it means instantly that all people everywhere are gladly invited to come in, to join the party, to discover forgiveness for the past, an astonishing destiny in God’s future, and a vocation in the present. And in that welcome, and invitation, all the emotions can be, and one hopes will eventually be, fully engaged.
Wright, N.T. ‘Surprised by Hope’ pp238-239; London: SPCK 2007
Now, of course, the challenge to us is that we have to make that proclamation, not just wait for people to stumble across it. But at the same time it will take all kinds of methods, some spoken, some practically enacted.
So…my challenge from this reading is to do something. Simple.