We are to be peace-makers, not peace-keepers. This can only be accomplished through the preaching of the gospel of peace. The greatest battle in our day is the battle for the mind and heart. To compromise truth or to negotiate with falsehood may temporarily keep a superficial truce, but will not make for peace.
What does it mean to live now as a citizen of the City of God, as a child of this kingdom that has come and is still coming? Our faith is a comprehensive faith that applies to every aspect of human life. Our call is to work for the redemption and restoration of every sphere of life through Jesus Christ.
We cannot find the true interpretation of reality by ourselves, for we neither create, control, nor sustain ourselves or our environment. But many of us resist God's claim on our lives and avoid the tough questions because we are afraid of meeting God.
In evangelism Christians tend to monologue, but conversation through dialogue is crucial for apologetic engagement. To communicate meaningfully means we imitate our Creator who has made us in His image. Our God is a living God who genuinely interacts with His creatures.
It is necessary to have an integrated view of the human person and a holistic view of the quest for truth and happiness. Philosophy is the love of wisdom, which is Christ, and wisdom is concerned with living out real life oriented toward God. In our day, integrated thinking desperately needs to be recovered. People need to not only know what is true, but also how to live and how to embrace happiness. Truth and wisdom are inescapably connected to happiness.
We are all ethicists since we all make moral choices, whether we have given it much thought or not. The Image of God in man is ineradicable and there is an inward law, impressed upon the mind by the Holy Spirit as part of God's common grace to all men and women. Christian ethics are summed up in love.
People love darkness rather than light because their deeds are evil. In appealing to the gospel we are appealing to a truth that is known but suppressed. This is a moral confrontation and we must bring people into the light by the enlightening work of the Holy Spirit.
There is no neutrality in how one responds to the claims of Christ. Because the world rejects God's word in scripture, it rejects The Word made flesh. Only if we ourselves are captivated by Christ and his glorious gospel, will we cling to him and faithfully call others to do the same.