"God has come in triumph and Scripture expresses this reality with the rhetoric of victory. But there’s something wrong about triumphalism.
On the other hand, we are saved by the cross of Christ and our existence as Christian people is cruciform. Our lives are patterned after the cross-shaped life of Jesus. But there’s something wrong about extreme asceticism and self-loathing.
So, which is it? What mode of life should the church adopt? Is it okay to celebrate creation and enjoy life without feeling guilty? Alternatively, should we really seek out suffering and be purposeful about lament in light of God’s deliverance in Christ?
It seems to me that the church’s task is manifold because of the complex character of creation and especially its current condition of brokenness. It’s the global church’s task to understand, live into, and speak truthfully about the character of the world in all its facets."
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