Tuesday, March 01, 2011

The common good

“But in the society of organizations, each of the new institutions is concerned only with its own purpose and mission. It does not claim power over anything else. But it also does not assume responsibility for anything else. Who then is concerned with the common good?”— The Essential Drucker, page 317

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This is the problem we are seeing right now. The common good is not being seen to. Everyone is chasing their own rainbow—in se curvatus—curved in on oneself. That defines our society today. But, the Christian should be different! The last pagan Roman emperor, Julian, singled out the Christians of his day as being examples of not being concerned with their own good, but with the good of others. Would that it were so today!
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That's my 2 cents! said...

Something I've been spending a great deal of time thinking about is, "Where has the Church gone wrong?" I'd say one of the most basic things we've been getting wrong is, "WHO" defines what Christianity is, and what is God's definition of a Christian?

I think Jesus gives us the exact definition of the one who believes in Him. John 8:31-32

31 "To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

A believer does what Jesus teaches. Obeying Christ makes a true disciple. Then (AND ONLY THEN) will we know the truth and that truth will set us free.

That is, of course, if Jesus is to be believed. Obviously, Jesus isn't to be believed, because we've not been doing what He teaches. We've got religious right, religious left, religious feminists, religious homosexuals, 12 step programs for everything,and etc., etc., ad nausea. "Water water everywhere, but not a drop to drink."


jps said...


Yep. We claim we're saved by grace, but we do everything as if it were up to us. And, we roll our own rules on top of it.