Reconciliation as Mission

Author: Rev Dr Pervaiz Sultan, Visiting Scholar at Redcliffe College.

Abstract:

The Church in its mission stands in the Biblical/Prophetic tradition, walks in the footsteps of the Lord Jesus Christ, and lives by the light and example of the Apostles and the early Church. It manifests a dynamic commitment to the human situation for positive change of thought and practice. This is an attempt to understand and meet the standards of the Kingdom of God in terms of its values and the demand to ’love the neighbour as yourself’. The Church in its mission at the global level, because of its on-going commitment to the ever changing world situation, has also adopted different discourses, e.g. evangelical, liberal and ecumenical and different paradigms: proclamation, dialogue or/and inculturation, etc. This has led current missiologists to think wholistically and pragmatically. Keeping in view the oppressive human structures and societal institutions, liberation theologians, especially during the 1960s, pleaded the case of ‘liberation’ of the oppressed and demanded emancipation of all those who have been vulnerable through the ages and have struggled for their release from bondage. Liberation theology has not been accepted as a ‘package of commitment’ by all Christians, yet the majority of them have accepted the need for the liberation of oppressed individuals and communities.

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