Jesus and redemption
I’m currently wrestling with what Jesus’ teaching about the kingdom of G-d means for us today, in terms of how we live within the current system. the writer Philip K Dick was fond of saying that the roman empire never ended and that what we see today is merely a modern day manifestation of the same - i can see his point.
i embrace the emergent conversation in it’s desire to become more relevant & authentic. would most people involved in the conversation agree that a) the message of Jesus is of him as redeemer and ourselves as sinners in need of redemption, and that b) this is largely anathema to the post-modern & secular mind?
i have been outside organised church for well over a decade and in my own re-emergence as a christian, want to be authentic and real. i see redemtion not just in terms of heaven vs hell, but also working out in our daily lives - socially, politically, artistically, environmentally etc - as we seek to manifest G-d’s kingdom in our lives. however i am interested to hear how others see the message of humans as sinners in need of redemption fitting in with the emergent conversation.
surely if we are to follow Jesus, this will often lead us into conflict with the current world system, as it’s values seem increasingly at odds with those of the kingdom.