Equipping God's People to Create Missional Culture

Shalom Makers: Development in the Way of Christ – A More Human(e) Way Part VII

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You can check out the outline to connect to the previous sections of this essay. We are in the second section entitled A More Human(e) way.

Living in Truth Wherever It is Found

First of all, it is important to remember that the story of God shared through the scriptures (special revelation) teaches us to pay attention to God’s truth wherever we may find it (general revelation). We are told by the Psalmist, as well as the Apostle Paul, that by studying creation and listening to our own conscience we can understand the fact we have a Creator. Some of the other stories in scripture that hint to the well-known axiom that “all truth is God’s truth”; is the story of Abraham and Milchizedek, Moses and Jethro, the wise men from the east, or the “Gentiles” in the gospels who Jesus considered to have more faith and wisdom than his own people. Each of these stories and others reveal how wisdom often comes from those whom aren’t “considered to be part of the people of God”

Living in truth wherever we find it keeps us humble, which is one of many important attitudes for a holistic development worker (Myers 1999:167). And when we consider the multi-faceted nature of poverty and the complexities of development, we need all the help we can get, whether from Christians or non-Christians, whether from anthropologist, sociologist, social psychologist or theologians. Not only can we learn from various people, but we can also learn from circumstances in general, for as Malcolm Muggeridge has said, “every happening, great and small, is a parable whereby God speaks to us, and the art of life is to get the message”. When we realize that all truth is God’s truth wherever we find it, we can not only learn much from those who study development professionally (Myers 1999:86,91), but we can learn from the poor themselves, no matter what their race, gender or creed happens to be.

Next in this series is listening to the Down Under Script.

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