Friday, 29 May 2009

What's right with prosperity theology?

I just stumbled across this brilliant article about what prosperity theology gets right (calm down, I'm not going to try to persuade you to buy me a private jet. Yet.), and thought you might like it:

Abundance for all

Martin Luther
would approve.Link


Miss Mapp said...

Hope I'm not bugging you!
So Ok, we may celebrate our present western abundance and periodically fast to experience the eschatoligal abundance of areas like Nigeria, but is this the end of our responsibilities? If so it could be argued that we have the (presently) more easy lot and it is Ok to maintain the status quo, because of future heavenly well being. I have probably missed a lot in the arguement, my brain is not sharp like yours. It strikes me that 2 sites you might enjoy are
Altogether on another level, THANKYOU Marika for opting to follow. Maybe you would like to be writen into the story: meet some character on the page in the village that you like/ hate and interact with them? Let me know.
Hope you have time to enjoy the sun today,

Marika said...

Thanks for your comment. You're not in any way bugging me - it's great to know that people are actually reading and thinking about what I write/post! I think you're right - it isn't enough simply to fast occasionally as a response to poverty. If we're called to proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God, I think we, or at least the Church as a whole, are called to work towards justice and help for the poor. Maybe that's a sort of fast too - giving up our time, money and effort to work towards other people being able to experience something of God's abundance, just as we work towards helping others to experience something of God's love, of his grace, of his kingdom. I've thought before that the Christian life is marked by both the death and the resurrection of Jesus, and I guess fasting and feasting are another element of that. Like Paul says in Philippians, "I want to know Christ, and the power of his resurrection, and the sharing of his sufferings by becoming like him in his death."

Also, I've been really enjoying reading through your blog, and thanks for the recommendations - I'll check them out.

Miss Mapp said...

Hadn't thought of working towards justice as a means of fasting, but yes I like it.
Thank you for reading me and great if you're enjoying it -cool!