Thursday, October 02, 2008

Tony Campolo on The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos

Tony Campolo on The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos

So, Tony was back on George's show last night. You can watch the 12 minute interview via the link above.

Tony said that Christianity's "core obligation" was to "reach out to the poor and oppressed." In the context he was speaking of the physically poor.

Hmmm. I checked the red letters in my Bible and found this: "Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, 'The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.'” Seems to me like that summary message of the Saviour's ministry is a lot more accurate than what Tony suggested.

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for drawing attention to the perplexing "red letters that I like" group.

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  2. I find it so strange that people like Tony will isolate a part of Jesus' ministry and say, "This is most important". Throughout all the Gospels we see that Jesus came for a purpose; that purpose was the cross. Yes Jesus healed people and reached out to the poor but, whether we like it or not, he did it to show a greater reality, namely, the reality of the Kingdom. He showed us that the Kingdom was indeed here by reaching out to the poor but through the cross and resurrection he made entrance into that Kingdom possible. That's what Paul says in Galatians 1. On this side of the cross we need to put the Kingdom on display; however,putting it on display is not the means by which we enter. It is the cross.

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  3. He should go back to sociology and quit with the poor theology.

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