"Who we think Jesus is will determine the kind of Christianity we live.....If Jesus is mostly a private figure for our individual lives, our faith will be primarily personal and not much engaged in the societies in which we live. If Jesus just provides us a pathway to heaven, we won't be much concerned with what happens on this earth. Or if we create a Jesus mostly in our own image, he won't be very useful to 'others' who are unlike us."But if Jesus came because 'God so loved the world' he will be a different Jesus for us. If his message is about changing the world and not just our own lives, then our lives will reflect that message. If Jesus came to create a new community and not just save people, then that community's collective life in the world will be of crucial importance."
ON GOD'S SIDE