Pannenberg: Can the Church Be a Credible Witness?
“The church is called to attest the truth of the Gospel to the world. This testimony, however, stands related to the fact that even in this world the church is a sign of the destiny of the human race to be renewed in the future of God’s kingdom as a fellowship in freedom, justice and peace. The more the church — and the churches as a part of Christianity as a whole — actually show themselves to be such a sign to human eyes, the greater will be their authority among us.”
— Wolfhart Pannenberg, Systematic Theology (Volume 3) “Foreword” p xv.
And, my guess is that such witness is going on at the local level: here and there in churches that are faithfully seeking to live out their faith. They don’t make the news (maybe), but their life together is showing the world what freedom, justice and peace can mean — not as a political position, but as a lived-out reality.
But, for many people, the church has lost it’s chance to be an authentic witness.
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