Common Grace Mission

There are three levels of shared life between redeemed and unredeemed.

  1. Common origin: God’s ownership and image as a universal reality.
  2. Common Concerns: stewardship of the earth as our shared dwelling place
  3. Common Connections: universally accessible truth about God, moral order and transcendence.

Human flourishing is ultimately grounded in truth about our shared origin in the Imago Dei (image of God). And the Imago Dei is also part of a theological case for believing that, “God has lawfully ordered his creation in a way that all human beings have some sort of cognitive access to that lawfulness.” (Richard Mouw). Romans 2:15-16 validates this cognitive access — even among those who don’t have access to Scripture (cf. Psalm 19:14).

The realm of common grace presupposes an ability to have rational conversations about a common good. Obviously in some political circumstances Christians must accept limitations and pursue other means of influence because they are not permitted to participate in choosing laws and policies. But as long as we live in a system that allows us to sit at the table to seek the good that leads to laws and policies, why would we neglect such a privilege? 

Dialogue and persuasion in these settings does not require quotation of biblical chapters and verses. Yet this does not mean that divine truth-based input is not possible. We can articulate a worldview that honors our Creator and Savior without verbalizing references to the Bible. We can also hope for some of these truths to resonate with a general populace. 

There are many ways to have conversations and we need more thoughtful creativity about the best ways to engage others in these contexts. More importantly, all that we have to say should be deeply rooted in the two great commands to love God and neighbor.

How could those who honor the Creator refuse to care about a common good for His creatures by withdrawing from the table of discussion where policies and laws are formed that profoundly impact the lives of their neighbors?

Steve Cornell

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1 Response to Common Grace Mission

  1. Reblogged this on Wisdomforlife and commented:

    The realm of common grace presupposes an ability to have rational conversations about a common good.


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