October 01, 2004

Your opinion: The Gospel Power

Here's this week's readers' poll. In your opinion, who is doing more to advance the Gospel this week: Southern Baptist Convention President Bobby Welch or Irish rocker Bono? (It probably has something to do with how you define "Gospel...")

Leave your answer in the comments...but here's the caveat: Along with your opinion, you also have to state your bias. In other words, what is preventing you from forming a totally objective opinion on the subject?

13 Comments:

At 10:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only result of the Gospel that eternally matters is that people come to faith in Christ and follow Him as disciples.

If Bobby Welch gets caught up in church policy and forgets to tell people about Jesus, then he fails.

If Bono advocates for more AIDS money for Africa, but not a single person in Africa hears the truth of Jesus as a result of his efforts, then Bono fails.

It could not be any simpler. We are called to preach and minister the WHOLE Gospel, not just the parts we like.

 
At 10:44 PM, Blogger Dan Edelen said...

Actually, the above "Anonymous" was me. Don't know why it didn't take my name.

 
At 11:44 PM, Blogger Daniel said...

Um...you didn't answer the question, Dan... =)

 
At 7:27 AM, Blogger Rick said...

I think much of our ideas about what the Gospel means has be socialized into us by the dominant culture we find ourselves in.

MT 25:31: I am not sure why there is a tendency to overlook this instruction. It seems it would be easier to tell people about Jesus than to be Jesus. I think the world is saying: Don't tell me about Jesus, show me Jesus.

Bono gets my vote.

Great post!
Rick

 
At 8:16 AM, Blogger Karl Thienes said...

Umm.. since this is a trick question, the answer is: neither.

But you know my bias!

 
At 10:23 AM, Blogger Tony said...

Hey, no RESULTS of the Gospel matter! It just IS. God loves the world and wants it to be a better place than we've let it become, and sent Jesus to make that happen. So Bono has my vote, because he's talking about the kind of things Jesus would be doing if he was around in the 21st century. Guess I'm just British and much more liberal than I used to be, that's my bias ...

 
At 10:39 AM, Blogger Daniel said...

Good heavens, why can't people follow instructions? =)

Rick, brother, what's your bias? It's kind of like having to sing a silly song before you get the Halloween candy...

And Karl, what are you trying to say? I'd never ask a loaded question... But seriously, I'm just looking for opinions; where's the trick in that?

 
At 10:50 PM, Blogger Karl Thienes said...

The reason this is a trick question is that it begs the question of what exactly "the Gospel" is (as you noted) and if either of the two are advancing it or simply their own out of context version of it.

 
At 3:37 PM, Blogger Rick said...

Uh, that was Karl I think who mentioned bias.

The Kingdom of God is near turn and believe the Good News.-- Jesus

Somewhere many in the church have turned the Good News into "accepting Jeeezus as our Lord and PERSONAL savior."

Let's join the Jesus movement by following Bono to where we'd find Jesus. :)

 
At 4:35 AM, Blogger Daniel said...

Hmm...

4 responses...
2 votes for Bono...
1 vote for none of the above...
1 non-vote.

As I said in the post, it all depends on how you define "Gospel," the "good news" message Jesus preached. If you define it as, "Salvation from the effects of sin is available through faith in Jesus," then I think Bobby's got to get your vote. If your definition of Gospel reduces to something like, "God loves you and wants to show you right now," then Bono's probably your man. But if your definition of Gospel is in any way broader or deeper than those, then formulating an opinion becomes problematic.

From my perspective, it seems that both men are making an impact for the kingdom of God in ways that fit the context to which God has called them. In the post-Christian, postmodern West, where a radical call to public commitment is so desparately needed, Bobby Welch's challenge to the churches he shepherds sounds prophetic. In Europe's halls of power, where Bono is given such freedom of movement, a voice that shames the powerbrokers into doing something about a massive humanitarian crisis has echoes of God's own voice behind it.

As far as which one is having a greater impact for the Kingdom, I propose we wait until the New Earth and see which one wears more crowns. Until then, I'm not sure any of us has the vision or objectivity to tell...

 
At 4:38 AM, Blogger Daniel said...

Oops! Forgot to state my bias.

I'm a peacemaker and reconciler by nature, so I tend to seek solutions that showcase commonality and unite rather than divide.

 
At 9:37 AM, Blogger Nathan said...

Since this is the first time I've heard of Welch, my vote has to be Bono and my bias is ignorance!

 
At 3:36 PM, Blogger DesertPastor said...

Before I answer, let me say that as I began pondering your question, the following passage came to mind:

Mark 5:18-20 (NRSV) As he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed by demons begged him that he might be with him. But Jesus refused, and said to him, "Go home to your friends, and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and what mercy he has shown you." And he went away and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed.Was the preaching of the kerygma(i.e.the message concerning Jesus) from the now-delivered-demoniac ineffective? There's nothing in the text to suggest this in the least. And yet Christ commissioned him nonetheless -- without training, without the benefits of being discipled by the Master. And it's examples like this which convinces me that Bono's proclamation can be just as fruitful as Bobby's. Is it more fruitful? Yes and no. It depends on who the audience is. And because of that, both are needed.

My "bias?" I too am a "peacemaker", and one who values the theological "tensions" of our faith and practice.

 

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