Carlene H. Byron caught wind of a profound reflection on the discussions of global wealth and poverty at the recent Third Lausanne Congress, written by South African Val Anderson, whose husband is a member of a Vineyard Church in Stellenbosch, near Cape Town. She linked with it. I read it and found a fellow frustrated sojourner, fatigued with what passes for the “Gospel” today. One paragraph: “I guess I am tired of a ‘Gospel that protects the injustice of the status quo’ (Richard Stearns). I am tired of wealth that perpetuates and sustains itself at the expense of the majority. I am tired of greed that justifies itself by itself . I am tired of a Christian culture that buys into consumerism and the creation of desire. I am tired of the problem continually being defined as ‘poverty’ without any consideration of the counterpoints of wealth and greed …”
My question: How can we awaken the American church? A Gospel embracing injustice, the status quo, and greed is “another Gospel.” Lausanne conferees understand that. When will we?
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